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Get your CV noticed in a crowded job market

19th August 2020

Is your CV not getting noticed when you apply for jobs?

In this busy job market are you even being considerd for the role?

What can I do to stand out from the crowd?




Get your CV noticed in a crowded job market.

As a recruiter who has recently received more than 500 applications to a hotel receptionist job advert I can tell you it is really important that your CV stands out from the crowd.

 With this many applications most recruiters will conduct a very swift first sweep and immediately discard those without the relevant work experience, and by swift I mean just a few seconds per CV so even if you have the right experience if it cant be seen quickly and clearly you may still end up on the ‘no further action’ pile.

Much has been written over the last few years about the death of the CV in the digital age but certainly in the hospitality industry it is still the main tool that you have to sell your skills to a potential employer and progress to the interview stage so it certainly pays to spend some time getting yours right.

After over 25 years in recruitment I have seen hundreds of thousands and possibly even over a million CVs and in my opinion certain things work and certain things don’t.

·         Length of CV – Traditionally a CV should be about two pages long and that is still the case although obviously someone just starting out on their career will have less to say while if you have 30 year’s experience your CV may be a bit longer. 

·         Logical order and good formatting. -Make sure that the most important parts of your CV can be seen quickly and easily on a phone, a tablet and a desktop. 

·         Spelling and grammar -  I know to a generation bought up on texting and relying on your phone’s spellchecker correct spelling and grammar is not that important, however believe me it can easily make the difference between you being considered for a position or being quickly discarded. If spelling is not your forte or English is your second language this will be taken into consideration but if this is the case try and get someone else to proof read it before you send it out 

·         Personal Profile – A chance to summarise your CV and let people know a bit more about you, your achievements and your aspirations, however keep it brief and try to not just string together a list of well worn clichés. 

·         Work History – This is the normally the most important bit of your CV, the bit that all recruiters will want to see as easily as possible so make sure that it is extremely visible and thorough. This is the bit which will get you through to the next stage!

              Put your jobs in order with your current or last job first

Put month and year dates on each job not just the year. Putting that you worked somewhere 2018 to 2019 could mean any duration from two years to two days rather than saying March 2018 to September 2019 which shows immediately that you were there for eighteen months.

Tell us where you have been working and a bit about the company for example in the hotel industry as well as the name of your workplace let us know how many rooms it has, where it is,  the star rating and any other accolades and even a link to their website.

Put down your job title and briefly let us know what you do in a few lines. For example if you are a Sous Chef let us know who you report to and who you are responsible for, your duties, the size of the brigade, the type of food you are producing, the amount of covers that you cater for etc.  While if you are a Head Receptionist you should also put in the type of front office systems that you use. The more we can build up a picture of you and how your career is developing the better.

Gaps in your work history – It is ok to have gaps but let us know what you have been doing during that time. This is definitely preferable to just leaving a big hole or exaggerating the dates of your jobs to hide the gap. Yes, we know that you want to show yourself in the best light and it may get you through to the next stage, but as soon as references are checked you will be found out and serious questions asked about your character and honesty.

·         Education, Qualifications, Training and Product Knowledge – Education and Academic qualifications are more important for some industries than others but I would always include them as well as details on relevant training courses, and vocational qualifications you have successfully completed. 

·          Hobbies and Interests – This give us more of an idea about your personality and the things you enjoy in life. Yes, it is important, but remember that if a recruiter has already discarded your CV because they can’t easily understand your work history then it is irrelevant what interesting hobbies you have. 

·         Contact details – An obvious one, but make sure that you include your name, location, phone number and email address.

So to sum up: Take time writing your CV, make sure that it is easy to read and quick to understand. Show how your career has developed from job to job. Be honest especially with work dates and please get someone else to check for mistakes before you send it out.

If not, in this job market you run the risk of being left behind and no one wants that!

James Tucker - Operations Manager, Towngate Personnel











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