Understand Employers

Think like an employer

To be successful in your employment search campaign you must think like an employer. If you are going to do your work search right, you need to appreciate the ways that employers sift through the flood of resumes and CVs. We call the most common process - the screening.

Faced with a pile of hundreds of job applications that they typically receive, a screener would be more than a human who gave such in-depth attention to everyone. In the real world, skim reading of CVs or resumes is very much a reality and it is easy to miss crucial information. Do you know what their objective is?

We can tell you what it is not. Screeners are not there to find the best candidate for the jobs!

What they are looking for is a way to weed out every job resume or CV possible. The goal is to present whoever is making the hiring decision with a manageable shortlist of potential candidates - maybe 5 or 10 out of all applications they received.

It's a matter of numbers!

What do screeners look for?

Well, it depends on how stringent they are. Many will chuck your resume right away if they find any of the following errors:

  • An anonymous address such as "Dear Sir/Madam", "To whom it may concern" or "Dear Recruiter" etc.,
  • Incorrect title, name or company of the person to whom you are writing,
  • Forgetting to include a real person's name,
  • A single, visible spelling or typographical mistake,
  • Any stains or dirt on the document.

You might be wondering how these folks can do this after you spent so much time putting your application package together.

The answer is plain and simple - they can afford to because it is a buyer's market.

Employers ask themselves if your skills and work achievements match exactly what they are looking for. They check if your cover letter is concise and targeted to the reader. If you have sent a form letter, you can probably kiss the job goodbye. The list of reasons to disqualify you goes on and on.

 The new screening technology

If you think the process is bad now, just wait. It is going to get better we think(or worse, depending on your point of view). New technology could be very helpful to you. It could help you find your next job. We call it the electronic applicant screening and tracking technology. Most human resources are using it.

By using the latest in document imaging technology, they scanning your CV/resume into a computer system and keeping it "active" for years. The computer can search for just about anything in your documents. You could be qualified and considered for jobs of which you never thought. The computer can make it easier for you to be considered for more jobs and it keeps your CV/resume on file, so updating your information is quicker.

Here is how it works. They scan your job application into the computer as an image. Then OCR (optical character recognition) software looks at the image to distinguish every letter and number (characters) and creates a text file (ASCII format). Then artificial intelligence "reads" the text and extracts important information about you, such as your name, address, phone number, work history, skills, degrees, achievements, years of experience, education, etc. in the form of keywords and phrases.

Keywords refer to those words and phrases that are used to search documents for hits.

A hit is when one of your skills matches a computer search keyword.

Why is it important for you to know this?

When you prepare a resume / CV for the computer to read, you want it to be a scannable document. The computer system scan CVs / resumes into the database and rank them according to the number of resulting hits.

A scannable resume or CV should be clean so the scanner can get a clean image. The scannable document has standard fonts and crisp, black type (such as a laser printer or typewriter with a new ribbon would produce), so the OCR can recognize every character. In addition, a scannable document has plenty of keywords, power words and action verbs for artificial intelligence (AI) to extract. More skills and facts (keywords) you provide, so more job opportunities (hits) you will match or generate.

The electronic CV / electronic resume especially developed for the above requirements is also called a keyword resume / CV.

Use Country Job Search or Job Search in Country for your job search!

You may run your job search right now, but when you find some suitable jobs you must apply immediately with your current CV or resume and cover letter.

Remember that your CV/resume must be targeted, scannable and generate hits. If you have difficulty with your CV writing or resume writing instead of staring at a blank piece of paper, use CV samples and CV templates, resume samples and resume templates.

Most recruiters expect to receive a cover letter together with your CV or resume. So, prepare a cover letter convincing the reader why you are the best candidate for the interview using cover letter writing tips.

In recent years it becomes increasingly popular to join the LinkedIn or Facebook social networking websites for professionals, where you may search for jobs and have your keyword-optimized, rich content profile with your current CV or resume. Hiring managers use them more frequently to consult your profile and supplement or check against the CV/resume you send along. If you do not have an account, create one and include your social media link(s) on your CV/resume.
However, you should manage your online presence. Eliminate any photos and statements that could reflect poorly on you. From an employer’s point of view, someone who emphasizes partying on a social networking site is not focused on jobs and those who post complaints about work or colleagues are less desirable candidates. Online CV/resume should not include sensitive information as they could show a lack of respect for confidentiality and discretion.

When your job application consisting of your job cover letter and resume or CV is completed you are ready to submit your resume to employers, Job recruiters and headhunters in places where you want to work.

When a potential employer invites you for an interview, you need to prepare yourself to win the interview and get the job you want.

Other Understand Employers Info

To be successful in your job search and get the jobs you want, you need to prepare a cover letter and CV or resume which you must email instantly to the prospective employers selected during a job search.

When you receive an invitation to the job interview, you may apply for a visa and work permit. Then prepare yourself for a job interview and take a look at the dress code because how you dress is one of the most important attributes in being hired.

Check the job interview dos & don'ts and other job search skills pages. Find out why people are not hired for available jobs.

In addition, on job search, visas, work permits, cover letters, CVs & resumes, job interviews and dress codes pages, you will find very useful tips for many different countries.

Good luck with your job search through an understanding of employers!