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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Graduate Jobs SE England

ARK SCHOOLS - Holborn
outstanding communication skills, both written and oral. a commitment to Frontline’s mission and vision of transforming the lives of children.... £22,000 - £26,000 a year
Guardian Jobs - 27-Mar

Trade Unions Congress - London
The ability at all times to exercise discretion, diplomacy, judgement and initiative. Assist in the preparation of an annual work plan and budget, ensuring... £41,592 a year
Trade Unions Congress - 16:49

Meet The Real Me Ltd - London
Ability to work well within a team. Due to the importance of communication in this role, you must be highly articulate and confident....

Baker & McKenzie  9 reviews - London
We accept applications from both law and non law graduates. For further details on opportunities available to trainees in Baker & McKenzie's London office,...
Baker & McKenzie - 27-Mar

MBA  6 reviews - London
With experience of sourcing, product buying and working with suppliers alongside proven negotiation and presentation skills, you will ideally be a graduate with... £20,000 - £25,000 a year
Harcourt Matthews - 18:33

SEC Recruitment - London
You will be learning or have experience with:. More IT jobs at IITJobs. Ideally you will have experience in Regression, CHAID and clustering techniques as well... £20,000 - £30,000 a year
iitjobs - 7:23

Harris Hill - London
PA support to the CEO, including diary management, email drafting and report preparation. General team diary management.... £20,000 - £22,000 a year
Harris Hill - 21:28

Milkround.com - London
Graduate applicants will experience working at client premises for the majority of their time, initially assisting small teams in audit engagements.... £24,000 a year
Timesonline - 15:35

MYA Cosmetic Surgery Ltd - London
Will be innovative and creative with a real passion for videography. Must be able to film and edit their own videos. Will be London based....
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Indeed - 11:31

Strike Jobs - London
If you are interested in sports then that would be useful, but it’s not essential. If you want to benefit from hands-on experience in all aspects of an e... £20,000 a year
Jobcentre Plus Universal Jobmatch - 11:22

Experis Finance - London
Leading Oil and Gas consultancy firm is recruiting for an exceptional graduate to work in the finance department.... £23,000 - £27,000 a year
Jobsite UK - 9:30

Milkround.com - London
We recruit 50 grads every year. So if you’re keen to apply your passion for numbers in a modern data-driven business, apply now on our website for graduate...
Timesonline - 21:33

Karen George (KGRC) - London
Our client, a leading international law firm based in the City, is looking for an experiencedGraduate Recruitment Officer to join their team.... £35,000 - £37,000 a year

Ryder Reid Legal Ltd - London
You must be commercially-focused, highly organised, and have strong communication and relationship-building skills.... £35,000 - £38,000 a year

ARK SCHOOLS - Holborn
experience of sustaining positive relationships with a range of stakeholders. a good understanding of broadcast, print and online media.... £25,000 - £30,000 a year
Guardian Jobs - 27-Mar

SW6 Associates Limited - London
Fastest growing Consultancy looking for Recruitment Trainees for Graduate Academy. Are you looking for a social and fast paced environment to start your career?... £18,000 a year
Jobsite UK - 9:31

Ptarmigan Media - London
An exciting role supporting the Digital Account Managers in their roles delivering cutting edge media solutions to our clients....
Institute of Practitioners in Advertising - 27-Mar

Advantage Professional UK Ltd - London
This would be a perfect for a graduate with some finance or project experience or someone looking to progress into the project arena....
CityJobs.com - 11:32

Anthropics Technology - London
This is a temporary role with an immediate start in a urgent research project lasting from several days to several weeks, possibly longer.... £6.19 an hour
Jobcentre Plus Universal Jobmatch - 17:23

GQR Global Markets - London
Junior/entry level Quant’s – less than 4 years experience post academia •. Applied Mathematics, Theoretical Physics, Statistics & Probability, Electrical... £90,000 a year

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Latest Graduate Irish Jobs

Herbst Software - Wicklow
Third Level Qualification (in a Business and/or Accounts Related Area) •. Good knowledge of windows applications •....

Vodafone Ireland - Dublin
If you have a passion for Technology and working with customers then Vodafone is the place for you!. Along with working in one of the top branded companies...

ICDS RECRUITMENT - County Kerry
Work in a pair programming environment on production code. Work closely with other teams, i.e. support, sys admin....
RecruitIreland.com - 13:15

Sigmar Recruitment - Dublin
Approx 3 year’s experience working in a Financial Services operation. Product knowledge of alternative and traditional Funds is an advantage....
Sigmar Recruitment - 26-Mar

Paddy Power  2 reviews - Dublin
Aptitude and analytical rigour to perform structured analysis of data and synthesise into useful formats bringing actionable insights....
Adverts Marketplace - 10:55

Sligo
2. Able to take responsibility and work on own initiative. Mechanical, Mechatronics for a 9 to 12 month contract....
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Ethiopiaid - Dublin
Self-motivated with ability to manage projects independently. Excellent written and verbal communication skills....

County Meath
Contact arrangements must be followed exactly as stated by the employer as they are the preferred method of contact....
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FÁS - 18:29

Landers Recruitment - Ireland
Successful candidates will be graduates with any Sales / Merchandising / Customer Facing / Retail experience as full training will be given....

EXCEL RECRUITMENT - Cork
Progressive Leaders, in other words, who enjoy making decisions and take real satisfaction from producing amazing results....
RecruitIreland.com - 13:16

A candidate for a temporary position who has not yet graduated and is working towards a relevant Bachelor's, Specialist's, Technical, Master's or PhD degree...
Intel - 14:47

ST. FRANCIS HOSPICE HOME CARE - Dublin
Completed application form with three copies of applicant’s current curriculum vitae outlining the names and addresses of two referees....

Sigmar Recruitment - Cork
Strong desire to progress within the sales function. Fluent in English and Specific required language subject to position....
Sigmar Recruitment - 12:13

CAREERWISE RECRUITMENT - Munster
Degree in Food Science or a related discipline. The successful individual will deliver projects to hand over stage and ensure their execution meets the time,...
RecruitIreland.com - 19:10

SAP SCC (Ireland) Ltd - Dublin
Recent graduate with Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Physics,. analysis and knowledge transfer. SAP Solution Manager environment....
Adverts Marketplace - 10:55

MARKETING CAREER RECRUITMENT - Dublin
Managing and ensuring that the database is up to date making it as effective as possible. Five years’ experience in a similar role in a Professional Services...
RecruitIreland.com - 19:09

Dublin
Although I have been working as a security guard for the past decade, I believe that my interests and skills have always been more on the creative side, and...
Gumtree IE - 19:07

BMS currently operate across 4 specialised divisions and service a variety of SME, Blue Chip and Corporate Clients offering sales jobs for graduates, sales...
Professional Passport Jobs - 7:21

RFT GROUP - Waterford
Oversees the planning, design, reconfiguration, maintenance, and alteration of equipment, machinery, buildings, structures, and other facilities....
RecruitIreland.com - 19:10

Goodwill Pharma Consulting - Limerick
Medical Degree preferably with experience in Intensive Care, Internal Medicine or Emergency Medicine. IMC registration or eligibility for general registration....
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Indeed - 9:52

Latest Graduate Jobs in SE England

Class Quick - London
Minimum of 6 months commercial experience. Full sales training and induction provided. Face to face client visits - territory management.... £25,000 a year
Jobcentre Plus Universal Jobmatch - 17:35

Advantage Professional - London
This would be a perfect for a graduate with some finance or project experience or someone looking to progress into the project arena....
Advantage Professional - 23:39

ICAP  5 reviews - London
They also call for strong, resilient, engaging personalities. We are an extraordinarily ambitious organization that thrives on innovative and entrepreneurial...

hyphen - London
Maintaining balance sheet accounts including reconciliations. Coordinate responses to all operational queries.... £20,000 - £24,000 a year

Meridian Business Support Ltd - London
An MSc in either Transport Planning or Civil Engineering. Previous work experience with AutoCAD, AutoTrack, ARCADY, PICADY and TRICS (Essential)....
JustEngineers.net - 12:52

SEI Investments (Europe) Ltd.  17 reviews - London
We have a number of exciting Operations opportunities for graduates who are looking for a role in a fast-growing, dynamic, entrepreneurial business with...

Domestic & General  3 reviews - Wimbledon
Your placement manager will work with you at the beginning of, and throughout each placement to agree exactly what you will be involved in....
Domestic & General - 15:37

McKinlay Law Partnership - London
He is looking for a graduate with exceptional research and IT skills, experience of coordinating extensive international travel arrangements around the World,... £55,000 a year

HYF ( HR ) - London
You will also be heavily involved in organising trainee inductions as well as any applicants who are eligible for the OLTS.... £35,000 a year

FTI Consulting, Inc. - London
To contribute to the continuous improvement of the HR service to the business. The role involves communication with employees at all levels of the business,...
FTI Consulting, Inc. - 17:05

Goldman Sachs  97 reviews - London
 Minimum five years’ experience in Trading Operations.  Minimum three years’ experience managing a team....
Goldman Sachs - 21:38

Carlisle Managed Solutions - London
This QRM vacancy is based at our clients HQ, a 5 minute walk from London Bridge train/underground station. This is an excellent opportunity for you to develop... £22,000 - £24,000 a year
Jobsite UK - 9:34

Healthcare Europa - Greater London
We seek two bright graduates to train as journalist/researchers. The CEO is a former national journalist who has successfully trained over a dozen graduates as... £17,001 - £19,500 a year

Graduate Recruitment Bureau: Student - London
You will assist with a project that is overseeing the implementation of new financial reporting standards (FRS) within the product control area of the Bank....
Graduate Recruitment Bureau - 12:14

Vodafone  160 reviews - London
Sponsor Global Graduate Programme in business areas. Facilitate delivery of the Vodafone global and Commercial people plans in support of Vodafone Group’s...
Vodafone - 19:12

Queen Mary, University of London - London
A statistical comparison will also be made with the previous 1999 DEFRA National Noise Attitude Survey dataset.... £28,457 - £36,182 a year

Queen Mary, University of London - London
Benefits Salary will be in therange of £ 30,805 - £40,335 per annum depending on experience. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit pension... £30,805 - £40,335 a year

London
A rare opportunity has become available for an analytical graduate to enter a fascinating aspect of investment consultancy.... £25,000 - £30,000 a year
Fresh Minds Talent - 18:42

BRUIN Financial - London
You will schedule all meetings and prepare meeting packs as well as assist with compiling reports, [presentations and undertaking some research where required....
BRUIN Financial - 10:39

The EIC - London
This role offers a good entry point for those seeking a career in the energy sector. Whilst previous experience of the industry is not essential, you must be... £20,000 a year

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Latest Graduate Jobs - Ireland

Financial Institute - Dublin
Minimum entry criteria 2.1 honours degree. We are currently recruiting high performingGraduates ideally from Commerce/Finance or Business grades....

AON Risk Solutions IE - Ireland
Closing date for applications 30 th April 2013. We want graduates who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and potential....
ACCA - 22:34

Aon Insurance Managers (Dublin) Limited - Dublin
Closing date for applications 30th April 2013. Our 18 month Graduate Programme has been designed to identify and develop the future leaders of our business....

Kerry Group - Dublin
In fast-moving, ever-evolving markets like ours, we’re looking to recruit ambitious graduates:. On joining a business team as a graduate in ICT at Kerry, you...

Excellent oral and written communication skills. Strong interpersonal and team management skills. Demonstrated experience managing high-profile, dynamic...
GE Careers - 19:16

Profile Developments - Limerick
As well as being skilled in the latest marketing technologies you will also be expected to demonstrate the folloiwng competencies:....

Capital Recruitment - South Dublin, County Dublin
Career opportunities with Capital HR Recruitment start at graduate level, or equivalent. 01 210 1010 for a strictly confidential discussion....
ComputerJobs.ie - 13:23

Innopharma Labs - Dublin
We are based in Sandyford and are currently looking for a business graduate with a marketing and sales focus. This role would be ideal for graduates looking to...

Irish Life - Dublin
Providing a high standard Fund Accounting service to IPSI’s clients. Placing trades with international fund managers in accordance with the advice of the...
Irish Life - 18:37

Leading Finanacial Service Organisation - Dublin
Ensure to state role preference. Please note minimum entry criteria 2:1 Honours Degree. Suitable applicants will be called to participate in a graduate aptitude...

IrishJobs.ie - Dublin
Develop your presentation/client facing skills through regular sales meetings with HR Managers/Directors throughout Dublin and beyond....

EXCEL RECRUITMENT - Ulster
Hiring, transferring and dismissing employees as necessary in his/her area. Determining bonuses to be paid to store assistants in the event of a transfer....
RecruitIreland.com - 12:56

James Byrne & Company - Cork
The following attributes are necessary :. Ability to work to tight deadlines. Have studied a relevant accountancy or business degree....

BMS UK - Dublin
BMS currently operate across 4 specialised divisions and service a variety of SME, Blue Chip and Corporate Clients offering sales jobs for graduates, sales...
Professional Passport Jobs - 13:19

Kerry Group - Dublin
Kerry Group is a world leader in food ingredients and flavours serving the food and beverage industry and a leading supplier of added value brands and customer...

University College Cork  3 reviews - Cork
To conduct themselves with due regard to the UniversityEqual Opportunities and Data Protection policies. BSc or MSc....
University College Cork - 18:50

Jinny Software Ltd. - Dublin
Working knowledge of Unix OS system administration, networking and Database admin (Linux and Mysql an advantage)....
Jinny Software Ltd. - 15:32

Innopharma Labs - Dublin
We are based in Sandyford and are currently looking for a engineering / science graduates to support the execution of our technology roadmaps....

GHL RECRUITMENT - Dublin
The position would suit an Accounting Technician, a partially qualified accountant or a recent business graduate....
RecruitIreland.com - 18:56

BMS Recruitment Ltd - Dublin
BMS currently operate across 4 specialised divisions and service a variety of SME, Blue Chip and Corporate Clients offering sales jobs for graduates, sales...
BMS Recruitment Ltd - 13:51

Monday, March 25, 2013

10 NEW GRADUATE JOBS iRELAND

Distilled Media - Dublin
BS or MS in Computer Science or related field. Any experience with MySQL in particular would be beneficial. Any experience with Linux/Unix would be beneficial....
Adverts Marketplace - 10:27

Bray, County Wicklow
Contact arrangements must be followed exactly as stated by the employer as they are the preferred method of contact....
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Galway
Contact arrangements must be followed exactly as stated by the employer as they are the preferred method of contact....
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FÁS - 6:10

Galway
Contact arrangements must be followed exactly as stated by the employer as they are the preferred method of contact....
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Headhunt International - Dublin
A post graduate qualification in management, gerontology or dementia ( desirable ). Our client a well established Nursing Home in North Dublin wishes to recruit...
Headhunt International - 12:17

CPL Healthcare - Celbridge, County Kildare
experience in an aged care setting. a genuine desire to work in gerontology. excellent communication skills with fluent english....
Healthcarejobs.ie - 7:14

Headhunt International - Dublin
A post graduate qualification in management, gerontology or dementia ( desirable ). Our client a well established Nursing Home in North Dublin wishes to recruit...
Headhunt International - 15:18

Deloitte  353 reviews - Dublin
Candidates need to demonstrate wide ranging technical knowledge & deep understanding of large architectural, application development or system integration...
Deloitte - 10:36

Dublin
A post graduate qualification in management, gerontology or dementia ( desirable ). Our client a well established Nursing Home in North Dublin wishes to recruit...
Hunt Talent - 16:55

Collins McNicholas Recruitment and Training Group - Galway
assembly, C, C++ for 8/16/32 bit micro controllers Familiar with software development models/standards CMMI, ISO15504 etc Experience with DSP microprocessors...

Sunday, March 24, 2013

12 LATEST GRADUATE JOBS




Hopkins Communicatio...
Category: Sales jobs 23/11/12 - Cork jobs Marketing Internship Company : Hopkins Communications Contact : Judy Integrated marketing communications agency, Hopkins Communications seeks an out-going, creative and flexible graduate for a minimum 3 mont - Cork
Integrated marketing communications agency, Hopkins Communications seeks an out-going, creative and flexible graduate for a minimum 3 month internship-...
TheJob.ie - 8:50

Theatre Suites Manager Cork
CPL Healthcare - Cork
day to day running of the theatre department. have a post graduate theatre qualification. cpl healthcare in partnership with its client is seeking to recruit...
Healthcarejobs.ie - 7:13

Analytical Chemistry, Pure Chemistry and Fine Chemistry Openings
TTM Healthcare - Cork
We regularly have openings for Chemists and Science graduates with experience ranges from 18+ months to very senior openings requiring 7+ years experience....
findajob.ie - 22:55

Graduate Occupational Psychologists
Collins McNicholas Recruitment and Training Group - County Louth
Degree level qualification in Psychology or similar is essential (experience using SPSS) •Postgradute qualification in Occupational Psychology/ Organisational...
findajob.ie - 22:55

Assistant Product Manager
Brightwater - Dublin
Qualifications - relevant undergraduate degree. Develop and sustain a thorough understanding of relevant markets, including competitors, consumers, government...
eFinancialCareers.ie - 15:37

Chemical Process Engineer
PM Group - County Mayo
Membership of a recognized engineering professional body will be an advantage. Chemical Engineer with oil & gas facilities experience preferred....
PM Group - 8:56

Graduate / Junior Developers: Immediate Opportunity with 2 Open Positions - .Net / Java - 28K to 40K DOE
Trust5 - Dublin
We are currently seeking to recruit four junior or graduate programmers (.NET / JAVA) who have completed a third-level computer sciences or related degree....
ComputerJobs.ie - 13:31

Nurses Interviews in Porto for UK NHS, UK
Kate Cowhig - Dublin
0 - 1 Years Benefits include:. Immediate Vacancies for Newly Qualified, New Graduates or Experienced Nurses. NHS Foundation Trust Hospital based in Kings Lynn,...
TotalJobs.com - 7:55

Recruitment Resourcer
Next Generation Recruitment - Dublin
Commissions are uncapped enabling you to earn high revenue. Now one of the largest and most recognised companies in Ireland, we are excited to announce our...
findajob.ie - 22:55

.NET DEVELOPER, KERRY
PBRECRUITMENT LTD - Munster
Kerry kingdom Tralee Killorglin Killarney .net developers .net developer Kerry Munster Limerick Cork Tralee Waterville Killarney abbeyfeale Castleisland Kingdom...
RecruitIreland.com - 13:05

Aged Care Staff Nurse, Mayo
CPL Healthcare - County Mayo
a genuine desire to work in gerontology. excellent communication skills with fluent english. apply today in the strictest of confidence....
Healthcarejobs.ie - 7:13

Internal Sales Manager (German Speaking) - IT Security Solutions - Dublin (Ireland)
Certus Sales Recruitment - Dublin
Contact Certus Sales Recruitment for further information on this global leader and their exciting openings. Preference will be given to those have had previous...
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Certus Sales Recruitment - 12:18

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Key CV Advice

A recent survey carried out by the American Management Association reveals some interesting findings relating to CVs submitted by job seekers and contains critical advice for anyone considering reviewing their CV. This is certainly worth a read, before posting out a new CV for 2013!

The Survey
A total of 3,129 people answered our survey. To ensure a good
response, we kept the questions short and to the point. Here are the
questions we asked:
What are the critical components of a well-written
résumé?
When you scan dozens of résumés, what do you look for?
What length of résumé do you prefer?
What are some of the things you see in résumés that
you really don’t like? What shouldn’t be on a résumé?
What distinguishes the résumés of candidates you
interview from the large number of résumés you
ignore?
How many résumés do you personally review—per
week? per month? per year? per position you are trying
to fill?
How important is a cover letter when you are receiving
résumés?
Is it you or your HR department who reviews the
résumés first?
When you have a stack of résumés in front of you, how
long does it take to initially review each one?
Do you receive or use video résumés?

The Results
Here are the results, with the percentages of respondents specifying
the answers given:
What Are the Critical Components
of a Well-Written Résumé?
❚ Reverse chronological order:98%
❚ Names of companies, a clear indication of what they do,
specific dates, specific job titles, and a clear list of
duties: 98%
❚ Concise evidence of success: 96%
❚ Quantifiable results and accomplishments: 94%
❚ No spelling, grammar, or typographical errors: 85%
❚ Clear, concise articulation of skills and experience: 80%
❚ Pertinent information that relates to the job being
filled: 60%
❚ Written by the candidate (not professionally written):
48%
❚ Format that is clear and easy to read: 45%
❚ Dates of employment with month and year: 45%
❚ Résumé tailored to specific job opening (“what can you
do for me—now?”): 40%
It’s clear that the vast majority of respondents want a reverse
chronological résumé. As you will see, functional résumés, as well as
most Objectives statements and Career Summaries, are not generally
appreciated or desired. Clear dates of employment and concise
evidence of a person’s duties, responsibilities, and accomplishments
are important.
Functional résumés are acceptable in some professions, like nursing
or healthcare. A nurse is a nurse, no matter if he or she worked at
a number of hospitals. A hiring authority would want to know the
accomplishments or functions and that, for instance, all of the positions
were in nursing. I discuss this, with examples, in Chapter 7.
When You Scan Dozens of Résumés,
What Do You Look For?
❚ Professional experience that relates to what needs to be
done: 97%
❚ The companies an applicant has worked for and
whether the duties of those jobs relate to the open job
function and skills needed: 95%
❚ Brevity and clear, well-defined accomplishments: 90%
❚ Key skills that match the openings: 88%
❚ Stability: 87%
❚ Key words, phrases, and acronyms that apply to the job
opening: 70%
❚ Whether there are gaps in employment history: 51%
❚ Things that set a candidate apart from the rest: 48%
❚ Progression and continuity of jobs and positions within
career: 40%
Résumé readers want clear explanations of what the candidate
has done and how that applies to the job being interviewed for. Most
résumés are too vague about the kind of work the candidate’s prior
employers were involved in, and candidates often don’t present this
information in terms most readers can understand. Not surprisingly,
evidence of stability and only minimal gaps in employment are important
to the hiring authorities.
What Length of Résumé Do You Prefer?
❚ 1 to 2 pages: 95%
❚ More than 2 pages: 5%
Résumés in healthcare, information technology, and academia
can go beyond the two-page rule. Considering the number of
résumés most hiring authorities have to review (and with most
résumés first read online), it seems that two pages are about all that
will get read, even with a more in-depth review. As one respondent
wrote, “If a candidate can’t tell me what he has done, what he or she
can do for me, and why I should interview them in two pages, the
candidate isn’t concise enough!”
What Are Some of the Things You See in Résumés That
You Really Don’t Like? What Shouldn’t Be on a Résumé?
❚ Long, unclear descriptions of present or previous
jobs: 98%
❚ Objective or summary statements: 95%
❚ Excessive job descriptions with no factual achievements:
94%
❚ Personal information—photos, church affiliation, marriage,
how many kids, hobbies: 90%
❚ Grammatical, spelling, or punctuation mistakes: 90%
❚ Generic competencies that are fluff, such as “dynamic
leader,” “excellent communication skills,” and “effective
listener”: 90%
❚ Too much information: 88%
❚ Every webinar, seminar, or class the applicant ever
attended: 75%
❚ Personal information: 64%
❚ “References Available upon Request”: 55%
❚ Anything before college: 50%
❚ Résumés obviously written by a résumé service: 48%
❚ Résumés written by copying the published job description:
45%
This question got the longest answers and the most emotional
ones. Hiring authorities really feel strongly about what they don’t like
to see in résumés. It is obvious that résumés need to have clear descriptions
of exactly what the candidate has done, expressed in terms a
prospective employer can identify with (i.e., answering the question,
“What is this candidate going to do for me?”). Objectives and summaries
are not appreciated unless they apply to the specific position.
Remember this fact! Summaries and statements of Objectives seem to be
popular, and yet the vast majority of employers don’t like them.
Similarly, personal information is not appreciated on the résumé,
so don’t include it! One respondent summed it up this way: “Anything
that is not relevant to the job I am interviewing for is a waste of time.
I won’t interview a candidate who can’t, succinctly, tell me what he can
do for me—now!”
What Distinguishes the Résumés of Candidates You
Interview from the Large Number of Résumés You Ignore?
❚ Accomplishments that qualify the candidate for what is
needed: 99%
❚ Clear, concise information that tells what the candidate
has done: 95%
❚ Job stability: 94%
❚ Professional layout—not too crammed, with the right
amount of white space: 80%
❚ Easy to compare prior experience to the job to be
filled: 78%
❚ A résumé “customized” to supply needed information:
75%
❚ Awards and recognitions: 74%
❚ Attention to detail, such as correct grammar, spelling,
and punctuation: 65%
This question got more varied answers than any of the other survey
questions. While the above represent answers from the majority of
respondents, there were a few other responses that seemed individual:
“Something that catches my eye.”
“I only read résumés referred to me by someone I know.”
“A local candidate.”
“Readability—don’t try to be cute.”
In sum, clear, concise accomplishments and job stability really
make a big splash. Perceptions of job stability are discussed in
Chapter 10.
How Many Résumés Do You Personally Review?
❚ Per week: ranged from 2 to 400, with an average of 65.
❚ Per month: ranged from 5 to 1,000, with an average
of 236.
❚ Per year: ranged from 10 to 20,000, with an average
of 2,429.
❚ The number of résumés reviewed for each position
ranged from 3 to 300, with an average of 60.
The take-away message is that, on average, your résumé is competing
with at least sixty others each time you apply for a job. So picture
yourself sitting down to go through sixty résumés. Maybe even
print sixty résumés off one of the job boards and put them in front of
you. Now, start reading. How long is your attention span? Does this
feel productive? Would you even know what you were looking for?
And, how does this exercise make you feel about your own résumé?
How Important Is a Cover Letter When You Are
Receiving Résumés?
❚ Not very important: 86%
❚ Important: 14%
The majority of hiring authorities who thought the cover letter
was important stated that they read the résumé first. This response
typified most: “It is only important to me if the person is of interest. I
usually read the cover letter after I look at the résumé.” Most of the
respondents expressed their ambivalence about cover letters by stating
that a well-written résumé was more important.
Is It You or Your HR Department Who Reviews
the Résumés First?
Note: We did not count respondents from the HR departments
in these results.
❚ The HR department screens them first: 39%
❚ The hiring manager reviews them directly: 61%
Comments from hiring authorities about how HR departments
screen résumés varied from, “They send me the top three résumés,” to
“They scan them into a database and eliminate the obviously unqualified
ones, then send the rest to me.” So, there is tremendous variation
in the role played by HR when it comes to reviewing résumés.
These results were a bit surprising. Some HR departments are
simply screeners who do lots of other things in the company; others
are internal recruiters who spend their day reviewing résumés so the
hiring authority won’t have too many to review. In spite of this, on
average, hiring authorities claim they still have to review sixty résumés
for each opening.
When You Have a Stack of Résumés in Front of You,
How Long Does It Take to Initially Review Each One?
❚ Less than 1 minute: 56%
❚ 1 to 2 minutes: 21%
❚ 2 to 5 minutes: 13%
❚ More than 5 minutes: 10%
Comments like, “It depends on the number of résumés I have to
review” and “It depends on how hard it is to find the kind of candidate
I need,” accompanied almost every answer. My personal sense is
most hiring authorities don’t take even 30 seconds to review a résumé
unless they see something that they like—performance, accomplishments,
recognizable experience, and so on. Most of them don’t want
to admit that they breeze through these résumés with no real process
or plan. In my opinion, this leads them to miss great candidates the
majority of the time.
I speak from personal experience on this. Our recruiting and
placement firm places close to 800 professionals a year with all types
of firms in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area. At least four or five times a
month, we place a candidate with a company that had already received
the candidate’s résumé before, and sometimes two or three times earlier.
You know and I know that your résumé does not represent all of
you and all of your abilities. And it turns out that businesspeople, even
hiring authorities, often can’t evaluate you from your résumé, either.
This isn’t fair, but life is unfair. However, it does reinforce the
fact that you have to do everything in your power to get a face-to-face
interview; you can’t just assume that someone will recognize what a
gem you are from your résumé alone.
Do You Receive or Use Video Résumés?
Not one respondent said he or she uses video résumés.
We asked this question to see if any hiring authorities in the
“trenches” of average businesses were open to avant-garde or
advanced technology as a way of reviewing résumés or applicants.
There’s increasing hype about video résumés, YouTube résumés,
PowerPoint résumés, and other electronic presentations, so we
wanted to see whether anyone was considering them. No one seems to
be. Traditional résumés are still the norm.
A Summary of Our Findings
Based on our survey, your résumé needs to be written in reverse
chronological order and should clearly describe the functions of the
companies you have worked for as well as your duties and responsibilities
at each of those companies. It must highlight your accomplishments
in terms everyone can understand and relate your experience to
the job you are applying for. The résumé should communicate
longevity in jobs, with specific dates. It must be no more than two
pages and it should rarely include an Objective statement or Career
Summary—and only if it relates to the job you are applying for. Your
résumé should feature accomplishments that make you stand out from
the crowd (because yours is going to be one of the sixty that make it
to the hiring authority’s desk).

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