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Job seekers often receiving poor advice
Stuart Blake, an experienced career coach believes many job seekers are not receiving good quality advice.
Stuart Blake at Coach 1st has had years of experience working in recruitment and is now a qualified and trained career, executive and transformation coach. "The stark reality is that 95% of CV's are binned in under 5 seconds, without being read to the end. It's sad for those individuals but any CV that has errors, inaccuracies or does not flag to a potential employer the value they can bring to that organisation, is simply a waste of time and effort".
Thousands of graduates looking for their first, critical post on the career ladder are being simply being advised by careers departments up and down the country to 'Google a CV template' and fill it in. These students are being failed by the education system because these templates produce poor quality CV's that do not sufficiently differentiate job seekers as individuals. Employers see hundreds of these 'standard' CV's that tell them very little about each candidate. These are the CV's that are destined to be filed in some CRM system rather than being read with interest by a recruiter or potential employer. To get an individual placed on the shortlist for interview the CV has to be in the top 5%. For the individual student concerned this is especially demotivating as application after application gets rejected, often without them understanding why that is happening.
Even people with many years of work experience have the same problem, especially when they decide to have a career change. These mature job seekers need to focus more on the transferable skills learned in one environment that will be valuable to an employer in a different sector. A CV with lengthy personal profiles and very little detail that will grab the attention of a future employer will also fail the 5 second attention span test.
So, how do you get your CV into the top 5% that are actually read from start to finish? Stuart advises "try to put yourself in an employers' shoes. What can you say about your successes and achievements in your life or work experience to date? Ask yourself, are these achievements verifiable and would they be useful to a future employer? Above all, to be successful describe what makes you different from the hundreds of others who attended the same school or university".
If you need help in your job search call Coach1st on 03301 333 910 or visit https://coach1st.co.uk