Corporate recruiting has seen many changes over the past decade and as the economy continues to improve, the global competition for talent continues to heat up. All employers are under enormous pressure to stay relevant.
In this series of 5 articles I will be looking at the following corporate recruiting trends:
The skills gap continues to widen
The skills gap continues to widen
Technology and work are changing – will the workforce be able to keep up?
Unfortunately, the gap between the documented number of jobs available and the number of talented workers available to fill those positions continues to widen; a unanimously noted challenge for all HR executives and hiring managers. As the skills gaps widen so too does the demand for the combination of skills. There is also a rise, especially amongst the younger tech-savvy and increasingly nomadic generations, in the fluidity of talent. Restless employees on one hand and a skills gap on the other is not an easy place to be. As a result it will be even harder for companies to hold on to their best people.
The gap should have been addressed 10 years ago, and some steps were taken, but both public and private entities need to increase efforts now if we are going to catch up. Increasingly, the narrowing of the skills gap will be a key factor in determining which nations and economies are the most competitive in the next five to 15 years.
An increased emphasis on planning and future-focus
Knee-jerk recruitment and reacting to past trends will not give businesses all that’s necessary to align and act before the competition catches up. Recruiting shortages and high turnover rates mean we should expect an increased emphasis on all aspects of workforce planning, including talent pipelines and talent communities, supply / demand forecasting, succession planning, predicting employee turnover, and leader development.
There’s no doubt that succession planning is going to be a major concern for companies as more boomers start to retire. One of the ways that companies are handling succession planning is keeping some workers on the payroll. About 65% of workers plan to work for pay in retirement. You will start to see companies hold onto their older workers in order to transfer their knowledge to younger ones.
Look out for the next four articles in this series as we continue to look at the hottest trends in corporate recruiting for 2015.
If we can be of assistance in the meantime, please get in touch.
Every time you apply for a job you have the chance to stand out and to catch the attention of the hiring manager or recruiter. However, in most cases yours will be only one in a pile of CVs on the desk of a time-strapped executive so if it is unremarkable, irrelevant to the position or riddled with errors, you stand every chance of being rejected for the position. No matter whether this is your first job search or you are fairly high up on the ladder after a career studded with successes, you will benefit from setting some time aside to put together a professional and carefully considered CV, preferably tailored in each case to the job being applied for.
This may mean cutting back on the number of CVs you send out but a single thoughtful and relevant CV is worth a dozen dashed-off copycat CVs.
Follow these guidelines and you’ll make it much easier for that time-strapped exec to conclude you are a strong candidate:
Get noticed before you even apply. The fastest way to an interview is when someone the hiring manager knows makes a recommendation. So, if you are in this lucky position, by all means spend your time and energy there – it will have the greatest payoff.
Get the basics right. Make sure your CV is neither too long nor too short, 3 pages is generally about right. No spelling or grammatical errors – proofread thoroughly and get others to do so as well. Unless you really know what you’re doing or are applying for a job within a creative industry, don’t get fancy with colours and fonts – it needs to look good but keep it simple and professional. Including a cover letter which says something meaningful about the position and how you are suitable for it, is still a good idea unless you are applying for something in a highly creative sector where an infographic, video or online CV/portfolio would be more suitable than a traditional approach.
Do your research. Demonstrate your interest by using three or four key bits of information that show you have looked beyond the first page of their website.
Know what they’re looking for. In some cases this will be clear from the job description. In others, what the company culture demands will be clear from their values or mission statement. Read a few blog posts, look through leadership profiles and explore their corporate website; make sure your CV reflects that you are a fit. And if you aren’t, be honest with yourself and don’t send your CV.
Quality is better than quantity. It’s preferable not to include long lists of random courses you’ve attended, obscure testimonials or newspaper cuttings etc. Do include details of higher education degrees, such as MBAs, or executive programmes attended.
Tailor your CV for different job applications. Different jobs and sectors require different approaches. Each time you send out your CV, take 10 minutes to adjust it so it’s a closer match to the job posting and what the employer is actually looking for. They can tell how much effort has gone into an application. Concentrating on those accomplishments relevant to the role being applied for, use statistics to demonstrate your impact in previous roles.
Don’t forget to use keywords. Use keywords that will catch the attention of the hiring manager or recruiter (taking your cue from the job description is generally a good idea). The right keywords will also get you ‘matched’ by applicant tracking software.
Always tell the truth. It’s increasingly easy to check up on everything you claim and even if you are caught in a small untruth it will probably lead to your application being rejected.
Follow-up – twice. After you’ve sent your CV, send an email or make a call to promote yourself again. Then again one week later. Often this prompts the recruiter or hiring manager to take a second look and will definitely underscore you as an interested, diligent candidate.
In later articles I’ll get into detailed specifics about the cover letter, CV and modern variations. The above guidelines, however, are certain to make sure you’re noticed. Good luck with your job search! As always, if we can be of any assistance, please get in touch.
Candidate explaining a 3-month gap in employment by saying he was getting over the death of his cat.
The LinkedIn resumé
A.k.a. the social media resumé. Let’s face it, we can’t avoid the internet anymore, in fact more than 90% of employers use social media in some form or another to find or vet their employees. There are lots of ways to do this: for example, have a proper career history on any of the social media sites people can find you on. So if you are on LinkedIn for example, make sure your profile is worth looking at!
I love infographics, don’t you? Nice, colourful sources of information that allow you to get the gist of something very quickly. You can use them as a resumé tool as well! Especially for the creative industries this can be a great tool. For job seekers in more traditional roles or industries, try it out, but don’t forgo a physical resumé as backup in case your future line manager is very traditional.
Facebook timeline resumé
This is a bit of a strange one for me, as I use Facebook exclusively for private use. However, give it a try and play around with the timeline. It may help you to showcase your brand and position you as a subject matter expert. I would use this as an add-on rather than a full CV.
This is gaining strong momentum overseas. As is video interviewing – where you record your answers and this gets sent to the client instead of a paper CV. It’s a great way to save time, especially for the international markets. It’s also a fantastic way to introduce yourself to a prospective employer – they get an immediate sense of who you are, what you look like, your communication skills, etc.
Using charts and graphs
I often recommend that candidates brag about themselves. You want to have your resumé stand out from the normal, tedious format that everyone uses. Imagine having to go through 300 resumés in one go… Trust me, after the 10th one you stop reading the fluffy wording and only screen key words. Charts and graphs are an excellent way to break the monotony and showcase your performance.
Looking to create credibility? Request written referrals, either in e-Mail format or on your social media sites. Don’t limit referrals to only those from colleagues – request from your clients, or a former supervisor.
Fluff is bad
Everyone is a “team player, good communicator, excellent written skills.” Blah, blah, blah. Cut out the fluff. Make your words work for you.
How can you make your CV stand out from the piles and piles of others siting on a recruiter’s desk? How do you ensure that you get to interview for your dream job?
Here are some do’s & don’ts to guide you through the often frustrating job application experience:
By avoiding common pitfalls and using these tips, you can improve your chances of landing a job interview. Often something small makes all the difference.
Most of us think; “This person is uneducated”, “Lacks attention to detail”, “Did not have exposure to good quality education”, “Does not care”, “Bad communication skills”.And those are just a couple of examples!
Keeping this in mind, if you are a company, would you hire someone that portrays the above attitude, skill level and / communication ability? No. You wouldn’t! (more…)
Most interviewers will never read your entire CV. There, I said it! So how do you make sure that they pay attention to the information that they need to see? Only include relevant information. It is that simple. Most people have a CV that is lengthier than necessary and that does not highlight pertinent information. Here are a few things that you can leave out of your CV to make it more concise and effective in landing you the job of your dreams.
#1 Overly personal Information
It is not necessary to put your sexual orientation or political affiliation on a CV. Leave out your religious affiliations. Some companies worry that if they interview you and they don’t give you the job, they could be sued for discrimination. Don’t run the risk of having your CV being dumped in the “do not interview” pile because of religious references. Unless of course the job you are applying for is in the religious space. (more…)
Your cv. It’s the first step, the Big Bang, the starting gun for your job search. Whether you are a 1st-time job seeker or a CEO looking for your next major challenge, your cv is probably going to play a major part in getting you that 1st interview.
We, as recuiters, have a duty to you to make sure the cvs we produce for you are the best possible advertisement for your talents.
You, as a candidate owe it to yourself to make sure that your cv sells yourself to us. A well-written, clear, informative and professional cv is a powerful tool, while a hastily slapped-together, copy and paste job makes us think you are not serious about your career. (more…)
Go over three sides of A4.
Use humour or attention-grabbing gimmicks.
Include photos or pictures.
Over-complicate things – with so little time to make an impression, it’s far better to use plain English and a clear format.
Use the word ‘I’ any more than is necessary – you’d be surprised how easily a single letter can dominate a document.
Make your career summary read like a series of job descriptions and similarly don’t omit your daily responsibilities all together – find a balance. Keep the focus on your achievements within each role. (more…)
I recently read an article title “5 ways to turn off your recruiter” written by Shala Marks, I don’t think I have ever laughed so much before. Being at DAV we fully embrace the value of positivity however, I think in the recruitment industry you have to. So I’m going to re-title my own, more helpful article to assist you. “5 Ways to Aid your recruiter” It’s a tough economy out there, so it’s important to represent yourself as best you can, in every way.