Job Descriptions: Concise And Accurate

Within the job description, one should be concisely informed about what it would actually be like for them to work at the company. Make sure that the job description does not turn out to be some sort of list of ideal traits and that no other candidate would have. The job description must not make the company look out of touch in any way – candidates would like to know that they could have a chance of working for the company and will move onto the next advert if they don’t think they can make...
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Job Application: Make it Easy, Not Tough

The application process should not be a test of endurance or aptitude, it should be made as easy as possible to apply. Don’t forget that there are a lot of job applications out there, and the candidate is likely going through tons of applications at a time. If they find an application to be too difficult, they’ll give up out of frustration. Each application also requires a cover letter and tailoring of one’s CV, so this is already time-consuming enough – don’t make it even more so, or otherw...
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Job Advertisement: To Hire, Not To Look Cool

Over the past years a lot of companies are making the mistake of trying to oversell their cool brand image rather than focusing on work in their job adverts. Remember, the intent of a job advert is to attract potential candidates Using language that is too trendy or cool can make candidates think that the company has unrealistic expectations, and seem unprofessional. For example, “looking for an absolute rock star in the office” The problem with writing in a ‘too’ friendly and colloquial ...
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Writing An Effective Job Advertisement

A compelling job ad is vital to attracting the right candidates for your business, and as a recruiter one of the key skills to grab their attention is advertwriting. Here are some of our tips to help you get started on writing an effective job advertisement: Focus on the key selection criteria without repeating the job description. The cardinal rule for all ads is to keep it short - no more than 5-8 bullet points covering: Focus on the key selection criteria without repeating the job descri...
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Writing Great Headings in Job Ads

Job advertisements must be effective and attract attention on a crowded page, and so the heading and the bullet points are the most important part of the ad The purpose of a heading is to attract the attention of those you are trying to reach. Using a dark, bold font surrounded by negative space can make your heading stand out on a busy page. Using capital letters are less readable, so using upper and lower case is the best way to go Where possible use words such as ‘BDM’ or ‘Sales Mgr’...
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3 Basic Rules in Writing an Effective Online Job Advertisement

1. Keep it simple: Because you have unlimited online space, many people write waflly ads that don’t get to the point, confuse the applicant, and hence they are less likely to see that the job is for them. Keep it short, precise and clear. 2. Job description summary: Your aim is to appeal to potential candidates within the 150 words of the job description. No appeal means that they won’t click through the main ad, and you have lost them at the start. This summary has to be GREAT in order to ...
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Should I add referees in my resume?

Do not put names of your referees in your resume. Referees are valuable to you and should only be called at the final stage of the recruitment process - when it is important, and you are likely to be offered a job if the references are satisfactory. Always advise your referee when you have given their name to an employer or head-hunter so they are well informed and can support your application when contacted. Consider adding them if your job is unusually dependent on a strong network. Sales ...
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Follow Up Your Resume With A Phone Call or Email

Be polite but persistent when following up with your resume. This encourages them to action or to reconsider it, and gives you another chance to sell yourself. This doesn’t mean you ‘argue’ with the judges decision. Feedback will help you understand whether the role was realistic for you and you may get a referral to someone else. Less than 5% of candidates seek real feedback from recruiters - a terrible waste of all the effort you have put in. Here are some of our tips on how you can follo...
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Use Actions Words In Your Resume

EBR’s Career Coaching can help you create a cover letter and resume that gets you in the top 1%, and will have potential employers want to meet you! Head over to our website now for more information about our Career Coaching service Increasingly, organisations want people who can implement positive change. Use action words in your resume when describing your responsibilities and achievements, as these type of words are better than passive descriptive words. Always state what it is you can ...
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What type of achievements can I add to my resume?

Writing about our achievements in our resumes can be hard. It is also a fact that when we are good at something it tends to come easily, so we don’t think it’s particularly important, we don’t value it. However, it is an essential part of describing each job, to list what you achieved, and sometimes it may not, at first glance seem like a lot. So here is a list of some not-so-obvious ones, and ones that may not have been a core part of your job: Being selected to represent the company at c...
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