First rule of job applications: perfect spelling, English & grammar
We recruit for all sorts of jobs: in the main admin / accounts & office support but we also love the odd quirky job & do a fantastic job with Motorbikes & Biomass engineers.
The whole process isn’t really very different as long as you take the time to understand the clients & the differing skill sets sought, but one thing that I suppose took me a little by surprise is that no quarter is given with poorly spelled cover letters or bad grammar whether you’re going for a £22k Motorcycle job or a £15k basic office admin role. The same effort must go into it & the same standard of cover letter / CV is expected.
We could never really accept a badly spelled CV & employers definitely won’t. So if spelling isn’t your forte – as it isn’t for lots of levels of job / applicants – what do you do?
Here are some real quick & easy things that might help:
Get someone to check your CV & the cover letter BEFORE you mail it off.
Take your time in ensuring you get that grammar correct. It’s not job ‘ROLL’ it’s ROLE’. A spellcheck won’t pick that up as both are spelled correctly, they’re just used in the wrong context.
Don’t type your CV in all capital letters. This is an absolute no & it happens often!
Make the cover letter relevant & enforce why you’re applying for the job. We find this especially easy to demonstrate with motorcycles where we must see a passion for them & that’s how we decide who to interview & who to decline. We ask for evidence of that passion in ads but regularly get CV’s where we have to go back & request that info. We bother – others might just reject.
Make sure you’re applying with the right job title / description in the email.
…….And apply via email. Letters are a thing of the past!
All basic stuff we know, but for candidates less likely to have a good CV to hand, it’s clear, simple instructions. We often get rushed cover emails & patchy CV’s & we can & do reject candidates regularly on that basis.
I’m Roseanne & I successfully run Nu-Recruit Career Consultants – I place permanent & temporary candidates of the very best quality into great local employers & jobs in Liverpool, Chester & Wirral. In a no-fuss, no nonsense way. Call me if you think my experience will help you get the best candidate for your job! And please feel free comment on my Blog…..And I love what I do. Finally if you’re stuck writing a CV – go online; you’ll find lots of levels of help out there & read more of our blogs. We know our stuff!