One of the biggest concerns for anxious job seekers when they are accepted for interview is – what am I going to say? What are they going to ask me?
A fascinating article appeared on the Forbes website contributed by Louis Efron which resonated with us here at Top Drawer, relating to the question of why companies lose good employees.
As technology lurches forward at an often frightening pace, recruiters and employers are often baffled by the logistics of sourcing that particular candidate who has the ‘wow’ factor. From Facebook, online job portals, LinkedIn and more, we are faced with a dizzying array of options, each person telling you about their skill set and their increasingly impressive qualifications. This is a big subject, agreed, but we are only going to focus on two small but significant aspects.
A great deal has been written for young grads entering the big scary working world, but there is another side to this coin which is worth exploring. Hiring managers looking for fresh young talent which they can mould and sculpt into their best and brightest often have a hard time sifting through the dross. And having a single page CV with a list of qualifications makes it tricky to identify the willing and eager gems who are likely to bring value to your company.
Generally speaking, you have a matter of seconds to sell yourself to a hiring manager or recruiter so your CV, the first introduction to the gatekeepers, is a key element to get right. Whether you are a young graduate who’s experience is a little thin, or a seasoned work horse with years of corporate exposure under your belt, there are some basic facts which remain true across the board.
When you break it down into hours and minutes, it becomes depressingly obvious that we spend more time with Moira from accounts than we do with our own family, and dragging our sad selves into the coffee lounge to partake in tepid beverages from dirty cups instead of rolling on the grass with our small people.
In a market littered with BEE landmines and beaurocracy, the more information and latitude a hiring manager has on what they want and when, the simpler and quicker this procedure becomes. Streamlined – if you will.
In today’s job market, prospective employees are increasingly expected to do their job as well as take on various tasks from within the organisation. And while this may not represent the ideal, it’s worth noting that more jobs are being lost and the work load is simply being spread around a little – so it’s not something that is going to go away in a hurry.
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