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Institute of Recruiters

Institute of Recruiters

Interesting Facts

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We have put together some interesting facts and opinions from around the recruitment world, which should interest job seekers and also enable you to ensure that your CV, and your preparation is as strong as it can be.

Your CV will receive on average, between 5 and 10 seconds being looked at. This can be all the time it takes for a reviewing manager to see something that they do not like and it will put them off. A lot of the time, there are so many CVs for a manager to peruse, that your CV may not even get a look at all. The first 2 or 3 CVs that a manager likes, may be the ones to get an initial interview. The rest may get ignored. This makes it imperative that you spend time on your CV, that you tailor your CV for EVERY job that you apply for, and ensure that without telling fibs, your CV shows you to be the perfect candidate for the role in question.

I have always wondered how important the email address you use in correspondence or on your CV, actually matters. I have done a little research and found that there have been surveys covering this exact subject. Some surveys say that 78% of applications will be ignored if the email address is unprofessional. Even if this figure is taken with a pinch of salt, and is slightly high, even quite a bit high, it still shows how important your email address can be. We have seen many, silly email addresses that may be an attempt at humour, but it does make you think!

We have noticed myths and nonsense comments around the Internet in recent years that refer to recruiters. First Military Recruitment, from a personal perspective, can bust these myths. Recruiters are not lazy. They generally deal with a huge workload, in terms of calling clients, and calling candidates, sifting through CVs, advertising roles and proactive searching for the right candidates. It is in every recruiter’s interest to do all they can to find the most suitable candidates for their clients.

Recruiters do not only post on job boards and hope for the best. If this were true, and the job boards were that good, there would be no recruiters. Recruiters put a lot of effort into proactive searching for clients and one of the most interesting and exciting tools to use these days, is Linked In. On the flip side, if you are a job seeker or are always on the look out for a new challenge, it is very important that you are visible and that your profile is up to date on Linked In, ensuring that those that would like to talk to you, can find you.

Our recruiters are consultants. They work in many different fields and disciplines, with a very strong military [candidate] bias. They are experts in interview methods and techniques, CV design and common practices within recruitment. They speak to employers and candidates daily and get unique insights into how candidates work, and how employers work.

We treat candidates and clients with the same respect, at all times, and encourage both to call us with any questions, general to recruitment, or regarding a specific role that has been advertised. We look forward to speaking to you.