IT jobseekers fail at the first hurdle
∑ 88% of recruiters often see mistakes on IT jobseekers CVs
∑ 74% of IT jobseekers are confident they represent themselves better in person than on paper
∑ 23% of IT jobseekers admit to getting someone else to write their CV for them
Research from specialist IT recruitment website CWJobs.co.uk, reveals that recruiters are calling for IT professionals to take a different approach to jobseeking. 88% of recruiters say that they often see mistakes on IT jobseeker CVs, and 46% cite that they donít think IT jobseekers represent themselves well on traditional paper CVs.
With 74% of IT professionals agreeing that they represent themselves better in person than on paper, CWJobs is exploring innovative solutions for jobseekers that are struggling to sell themselves through more conventional methods. CWJobs has given two IT jobseekers the opportunity to have their skills and experience brought to life by creating an augmented reality (AR) CV for them using virtual computer-generated imagery. To see the competition winnerís AR CVs and behind the scenes footage with the judging panel and winners, please visit http://www.arcv.co.uk/.
Rob Grimsey, Director of Harvey Nash discusses some of the common mistakes he sees on more traditional IT jobseekersí CVs: "Selling skills on paper doesnít necessarily come naturally to IT jobseekers. We often come across CVs where people havenít explained the full extent of their achievements, preferring instead to just list skills. In addition to spelling mistakes and grammatical errors, it is also quite common for jobseekers to get the syntax of how they name technologies and products wrong. A capital letter or hyphen in the wrong place, can leave recruiters questioning whether they truly know the technology they are writing about. The good news is that many of these mistakes are resolvable, simply by getting others to review the CV. After all itís one of the most important two-page documents of an IT professionalís life."
According to the research, the five most common mistakes recruiters see on a typical IT jobseekerís CV are:
1. Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors (70%)
2. No clear demonstration of technical skills (64%)
3. Too lengthy (43%)
4. Rambling (41%)
5. Listing irrelevant skills (30%)
Where the average person shudders at the prospect of a job interview, research shows that IT professionals take it in their stride, with 82% feeling confident that they represent themselves well in an interview situation. However, 66% of IT recruiters say they regularly experience poor communication skills in the interview process. Rambling (47%) and inappropriate casual dress (27%) were also found to be common mistakes made.
Dawn Campion, Managing Director of Ellen Webb Plc says, "IT jobseekers must appreciate that they arenít necessarily going to be interviewed by people who fully understand both technology and the technical language they use. IT roles are increasingly client facing now and if IT professionals want to represent themselves well in a job interview situation, they must be able to show that they are able to communicate with non-technical as well as technical people competently.Ē