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Entry level jobs and next steps

Post by CAD » Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:11 pm

Just after a bit of advice in relation to my next step(s).

Currently studying NCRQ Cert and then moving on to the diploma when time permits.

Been in my current role for just over a year now, however the role is becoming less and less Health and Safety unfortunately added to the fact it is not very challenging for me.

I have set up job alerts on the various sites just to review the kind of things employers are after and if something really special pops up I may also apply.

I am looking for some advice into getting my CV noticed. Previously, I have listed all my previous jobs with a breakdown of the tasks and key duties. However, after some feedback I reduced it to two pages, bullet pointed all of my previous roles, kept a breakdown of my current role and introduced a section highlighting my key H&S skills.

I have sent it to a couple of recruiters, and the feedback is general ok however they're not really interested in giving advice.

For those who recruit as part of your role or have recruited, what things do you look for straight away on a CV? Do you give each CV a glance and look for keywords? Do you just search for people on Linkedin etc?

I just want to give myself the best opportunity I can, as my trouble isn't necessarily with interviews and more with actually getting an interview.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Entry level jobs and next steps

Post by Alexis » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:32 am

Hi CAD. Many companies now use a Recruitment Software system to filter out CV's that do not have the required skills for their own specific needs.

This tool can be set by the organisation and once the CV is scanned, it is then graded in some instances.

Depending upon the grading given at the end of the scanning, a human will, in general, not look any further at lower graded CV's and they may be discarded.

With hundreds of CV applications being sent for one role, it is understandable that companies need this software. This is not to say I agree with it, but technology will continue to move forward.

The software doesn't scan the full CV, so anything after a third of the first page isn't (at this stage) relevant.

Buzz words, as in what we all know with NEBOSH "speak" is really important in the first paragraph, as are the buzz words seen in specific advertisements.

I have also discovered, through speaking to a recruitment company, that if an organisation is using the recruitment software as the first elimination process, if you use the company name in the first sentence/paragraph, this will award 1 point in itself. Personally, I think this is awful to be awarded a point just for using the name!

If you would like me to have a look at your CV, just send me a PM to which I shall reply with my email addy.

Hope this helps a bit.
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Re: Entry level jobs and next steps

Post by PaddyT » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:06 pm

I can thoroughly recommend Alexis's CV wizardry.

It has secured me numerous interviews in the past
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Re: Entry level jobs and next steps

Post by dave247 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:35 pm

The software that is mentioned was discussed on a LinkedIn webinar and it was said that the software is set to the job description so base it to that.

My friend in HR told me he tried it out when searching for a new role, his invited to interviews went up by 90%
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Re: Entry level jobs and next steps

Post by abarnett » Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:46 pm

Hi all,

My applications will always be based on the job advert... in the majority of cases they are looking for a CV and cover letter. I'm fortunate that alexis had a look over my CV for me and improved it massively but will still tweak phrases within it.
I will always rewrite my cover letter as you need to totally tailor that to what you are applying for.

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Re: Entry level jobs and next steps

Post by CAD » Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:19 pm

Thanks to all that replied, I will be taking Alexis's advice and sending my CV in due course.

I did not know (it's obvious when you think about it) that places use software to sift CV's.

It makes sense even more, when in the past I've been rejected for an interview even though I meet the job criteria perfectly.

Thanks again

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