In the busy job market, it’s a challenge to stand out but getting noticed by recruiters is a great way to ensure you are considered for the best roles.
The role of the recruiter is a tough one. They’re tasked with finding candidates who not only hold the right professional and educational qualifications but will be a good fit for that particular workplace. When you’ve simply got a CV and covering letter to go on, that’s no mean feat.
So how can you ensure that you stand out to recruiters? The first thing to be mindful of is to make their job easier by doing the simple things right. Let’s start with your covering letter. This is your chance to explain a little more about what you might bring to the role or the company that sets you apart from other candidates. Do your research and find out as much about your would-be employer as possible. What is important to them and their business, what relevant skills and interests do you have that could benefit them? Your covering letter should sell you as the whole package – a person of talent, quality and with something new to bring to the table.
Now take your CV. The perfect CV is two pages long and contains no spelling or grammar mistakes. There is no excuse for not adhering to these basic requirements. Think about how you will present your work and education history to demonstrate your suitability to this role. If you’ve been working a while and have held a number of jobs, show them your most impressive and notable accomplishments first and foremost. If it looks like you are going to run out of space, consider which roles might be least relevant and can be left out.
Avoid clichés. You might well be a team player who enjoys socialising or going to the cinema but what does that really tell a recruiter? Don’t waste space trotting out stock phrases, instead consider bringing your personality and something different and interesting to this space. Be memorable, honest and interesting.
Finally, don’t let your covering letter and CV do all the talking for you. If you apply for a role and don’t hear back from the recruiter about your application, chase it up. Getting in touch to check shows you care about the application, you are keen to get an interview and that their opinion matter to you. It’s also a good chance to get feedback. Keeping yourself at the forefront of a recruiter’s mind is the key, even if you’re not successful in one application, you’ll be ahead of the game when a similar role crops up.