Finding a job can be a time consuming, tiresome and demotivating task – in a highly competitive environment, obtaining feedback on your application is often very difficult. Having the experience, knowledge and motivation to do the role is one thing, but knowing how to sell yourself in a CV is a skill in itself.
Author: Gaby, Client Success Manager – Movemeon.
Below we outline seven steps you should consider when applying:
The average number of applications that we received last year at Movemeon was 425 a week – statistics show, on average, corporate companies will attract 250 resumes per role advertised (https://zety.com/blog/hr-statistics)
Reading a CV through takes concentration – you have to build an image of what the person’s experience has looked like. Now imagine that you have 250 CV’s to do this with, each formatted differently. Think of your CV as your first impression on the hiring team. By keeping your CV short, succinct and formatted clearly, you make it easier to process the information more quickly, putting their mind at ease and allow them to focus on what really matters – you.
Keep your CV to a 2-page maximum – the last thing you want to do is turn people off reading it before they have even started!
2. Cater to all stakeholders
Recruitment processes vary dependant on the company. In a large corporate firm, your CV is likely to be screened by two or three individuals before you are invited to interview. It will likely to pass through the in-house recruitment team before reaching the hiring manager. Your CV will be being reviewed by a range of stakeholders with very different backgrounds and specialisms. In an in-house FTSE 100 recruitment team, for example, a broad spectrum of candidates with a diverse set of experience will pass through.
Don’t assume that people will know what your company does (include a short summary) and keep jargon and anagrams to a minimum. An individual should be able to understand your experience without having to do any research.
3. Show your motivations
This is particularly important if you are looking at moving into a different industry, function or country. “Why” is a question which is often forgotten about. It’s also a great opportunity to show your knowledge of the company and show that you’ve done your research. If a company can see that you are passionate about the company, they are more likely to take the time to think more carefully about your profile, and if it is not right for the role you have applied for they are more likely to consider you for other positions elsewhere in the company!
4. Join the dots – read the requirements and answer them
People instinctively avoid risk whenever possible. In most cases, when offered two options, one being a gamble with a value much higher than expected, and one is a sure thing of expected value, most people will pick the sure thing. This is because we crave the security of knowing the outcome and avoiding the risk. (Thinking fast and slow, Kahneman).This can be extended to recruitment. Between two profiles, if one candidate has outlined how their experience has given them the tools to succeed, they are likely to choose this one over someone who has only outlined their overall experience. Be sure to read the requirements of the role and make sure that you outline these in your CV. Think about making them stand out and spell them out clearly.
5. Apply early
As mentioned, the volume of candidates applying to an FTSE100 company is often very high. Your profile could be the best in the world, but if a role has filled all of its space to interview then it’s much more difficult to get your foot in the door. We recommend that you apply as soon as possible, ideally in the first week of the role going live, to increase your chance to get into the interview. Keep an eye on our candidate newsletter in your inbox to keep up to date with the new roles we have live on our site.
6. Be patient but persistent
The average length of a job interview process in the UK is 27.5 days (https://www.glassdoor.co.uk/employers/resources/40-hr-and-recruiting-stats-for-2020/)Corporate companies often work against slower timelines and there is more sign off required. They are also more prone to hiring freezes. It’s important to keep this in mind, but don’t be afraid to follow up with us if you haven’t heard back in 2 weeks.
7. Be realistic (with salary)
One of the difficulties for candidates of a high volume of applications is that companies have the luxury of being picky. One of the first things that a client will benchmark is by salary expectation. We ask that clients keep an open mind when it comes to salary (especially when looking at a role which is advertised as “competitive”), but if the salary is vastly out of range of consideration they may reject your application before looking at your fit against the company. Be realistic with your salary expectations. We appreciate that sometimes it’s hard to gauge your value in a corporate setting, which is why we gather information from our candidate base and collect it in a salary report.
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