Remember that job you applied for months ago and got no reply whatsoever? Or was that not the only time it happened? Infact a recent poll done by Careerbuilder concludes that 75% of the people never heard back from their potential employer! It’s no secret that seeking jobs in Dubai has become quite a difficult task especially since both the market and the competition keeps growing tougher. While it is likely that sometimes the position has already been filled, however, based on a report published in the leading local daily Gulf News, other times there are a few other factors that make or break your application.
According to the article, in most cases recruiters are simply turned off by the first impression they’ve gotten from your CV. Here are a few you can immediately cross check with and mark yourself safe!
1. Using tiny fonts or bright, shiny colours in the CV
We understand the need of wanting to stand out in a position where you know you’re being pitted against many qualified individuals. However, bright and shiny is not the solution.
"It can get a little irritating when candidates choose the tiniest font available or use bright, shiny colours to write their CV. But ultimately, it's the content that really matters," said Annalinde Nickisch, an HR consultant at the Thought Factory.
2. Spelling mistakes, bad grammar, irrelevant history of personal achievements
Nothing is a bigger pet peeve for recruiters than incorrect or informal language. Most of the time one might make small mistakes without noticing, which is why it's so important to read over what you've written. Also employers get discouraged when they spot spelling errors, bad grammar or end up reading a long list of personal achievements dating back to when you were in grade school which are irrelevant.
“Spelling mistakes, bad grammar, irrelevant history of personal achievements back to nursery school [are turnoffs, as well as] no clear understanding of what the role being applied for and no tailoring of the generic CV template to adapt it at all,” said Martin McGuigan, partner, Middle East and Africa, McLagan & Aon Hewitt Middle East Limited, Consulting.
3. Not being specific
What exactly are you looking for? You have to get your message across through your CV, otherwise you can count on the company losing interest.
“Not including a detailed job description or being vague about joining dates, education or a past designation would make me question an application,” said a recruiter.
“Generic untailored CV which does not make a clear case for the value that individual can create for the organization [is another turnoff],” said McGuigan.
4. Ignoring qualifications required
Companies are quite clear regarding the characteristics and skills they are looking for in their applicants. So whether they are looking for someone fluent in Russian or a certified accountant, if you don't meet the initial reuirements then do not waste your time applying.
“From a personal viewpoint, I genuinely understand that candidates may be desperately looking for a job and therefore believe that their chances increase with every CV they submit, but from a recruiter’s perspective, it is merely impossible to maintain a personal touch with all job applicants, simply caused by the sheer volume,” added a recruiter.
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