What to Look for in Curriculum Vitaes

The recruitment process can be lengthy and time fulfilling. Having multiple applicants to riffle through, what are the elements to prioritize when finding the perfect candidate for your job?

The first step is knowing exactly what you are looking for in a candidate. This may sound like common sense however this can be easily lost in translation throughout different departments in a company. If for example, if you are a larger company and the HR department are dealing with the recruitment for a specific role within another sector of the business, be sure to pass on all skills/experience that is needed and/or preferred for the position before assuming the HR department know what is expected of them.

CV’s that make an impact –  Those applicants who have put the effort in will usually stand out from the rest; these are the applicants you want to employ! The CV’s that stand out to you are beneficial for many reasons:

  • Time saving – This will give you a quick and easy starting point to riffle the ‘good from the bad’.
  • Highlights qualities – This will instantly show that the applicant pays attention to detail and is driven to succeed.  Other qualities that may be shown from a CV include: language skills, accuracy and level of education/knowledge.

Experience and education –  Remember that those who may have less experience could be educated to a higher level and vice versa so always be open minded.  Think outside the box when looking at applicants experience and previous employment – there could be an array of good skills picked up from irrelevant previous employment that may be easily transferable to the current post.

Before inviting to interview –  pay attention to detail!

If the candidates home address is 50 minutes from work and they are expected to arrive during rush hour, how will this affect the new employee? – This could lead to poor time management, starting the day in a bad mood and tiredness.

Do they drive? If not how much will it cost them in public transport every day? – If a large amount of the employee’s wages is being spent on travel this may lead to a poor work ethic.

Paying attention to detail from the onset of the employment process should eventuate in a reduced staff turnover due to the potential of keeping morale high, which in turn reduces recruitment and training expenses within your company.


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