Through the eyes of the recruiter: your professional employment impression

Through the eyes of the recruiter: your professional employment impression

Part One: Your job seeking checklist It’s not just about your CV. It is a large part, but it's not everything. It’s actually about all the information that exists about you online and in the social media communities you are a part of. What is ‘it’? ‘It’ is the impression you make in your online persona. This may seem a wee bit stalky-creepy, but how many people do you know who don’t Google someone when they meet them, let alone when they employ them? Part one of this series on ‘readying yourself for job-seeking’ addresses where recruitment agencies and HR professionals tend to look when assessing the impression of your online persona.

How CV SPAM  is worse than the real thing

How CV SPAM is worse than the real thing

A frustrated colleague earlier today had a little rant at his computer, which went something like this, "You just can't apply to every $%&*@ job we have with a generalist CV. Don’t you get that it’s reeking of Eau-de desperation!" Whilst perhaps a little bit harsh, and obviously, the individual was quite desperate to secure a job, unfortunately however they’re doing it all wrong!

Why LinkedIn can't be a carbon copy of your CV

Why LinkedIn can't be a carbon copy of your CV

New Zealand is one of the most active LinkedIn countries in the world, yet many of the profiles I look at are left severely wanting and ultimately fall well short of what they could achieve. As a recruiter, I can't overstate the importance of getting this right and based on the amount of questions I get about it, my sense is that people don't really know how to go about nailing it! Hopefully, these thoughts might help...

How To Maximise Your Time Reading A CV

How To Maximise Your Time Reading A CV

There’s a million slants to creating a great resume, (in fact if you google ‘CV’ you’ll find over half a billion hits), but very few on deciphering one. From some rough calculations I’ve read the better part of 100,000 CV’s in the course of my career. As I’ve delivered to roles in virtually every sector across IT, Engineering, Construction and Finance; I’ve read CV’s for people at all levels from graduates to CEO and Directors. Despite the variability there are still only a few key things that I and others look for in CV’s. This approach may be helpful to you to get what you want in minimal time.

Preparing for your job hunt in New Zealand

Preparing for your job hunt in New Zealand

Last time we connected, we had a chat about how you’d make the move to this beautiful place called New Zealand. I spoke about how you need to do your research before hopping onto that plane. Once you have passed that first stage and you have landed, the natural question pops up in your mind – where to next?

Setting up as a contractor: your CV

Setting up as a contractor: your CV

Powering up your CV as a Contractor. Your CV needs to be optimised for the eyes of prospective contract recruiters and contract hiring managers. Look at your CV through their eyes. They’ll want to see a heavy-hitting, concisely worded CV, laden with upfront evidence of your ability to meet their urgent, specific requirements.