What Do Employers Want?

Believe it or not, the best job hunting advisers are the employers themselves. They’re the only ones who could tell you exactly what you should do and how your CV should look like when you’re seeking for a job. Unfortunately, the majority of studies in recruiting and HR management which you find are old, rare and not very suggestive.

But taking into account the necessity of such studies on the job market, we’ve decided to ask a large number of recruiters, HR managers and resume services and we have discovered what their preferences are in which the job seeker’s CV is regarded. And here are the results:

The majority of recruiters would like to receive the CVs via e-mail

It doesn’t happen very often that so many persons (83%) would agree upon one thing and yet, they did. They would rather get the candidates’ CVs via e-mail. This piece of information is more than useful to those who send their CVs to various companies, without any relation to any job offer (the so-called cold contact technique).

However, if you do decide to apply for a specific job, you should take into account the option given in the job add and send your CV exactly how the employer requests.

Recruiters prefer chronological CVs

When it comes to the format of the resume, 84% of the interviewed recruiters and HR managers have said that they would rather have the information in the CV organized in a chronological manner. These chronological CVs help listing the professional experience starting with the most recent job and finishing with the most remote one in time.

If a candidate doesn’t want to reveal his age, he can choose to divide the experience area into two different ones, as follows:

  • relevant experience – here you should list only the experience and achievements which are related to the profile of the job you seek;
  • work history – here you should list the hiring dates, the titles of the jobs, the name of the employer and the address of the company.

CVs of not more than 1-2 pages

It has been established that 53% of the interviewed recruiters and HR managers have said that the Cv can be longer than one page. However, 41% of them have said that you can have a Cv longer than one page only if your professional experience is more complex and the rest of 6% would not prefer a CV longer than one page.

To state a conclusion, a two-pages CV, when the professional experience is relevant, cannot diminish your chances of landing an interview. Always remember that the length of your resume should reflect the complexity of your professional experience.

What happens with the unsolicited CVs?

An unsolicited CV is a CV which you send to a certain company, for a job which has not been advertised, or for any position in that company. The majority of employers keep all the CVs they receive in any conditions and build themselves a database of possible candidates for various jobs. Even if they are not recruiting in a certain period of time, they might recruit later and they will use the kept CVs.

38% of the interviewed recruiters have stated that they take into consideration the resumes received for the jobs which are available in the company at a certain moment. If these CVs do not match the profile of the advertised job, they are kept in a database. 17% of the recruiters delete the CV they don’t need at a certain moment in time.

Experts in Human Resources state that if you apply for a job online, you would make the best choice possible, even if the company you apply in doesn’t have any available post at a certain moment.