What are your chances of landing a job?
35 to 1 if you take the figures from the Daily Mail today about the applicants applying for a job at Range Rover. In the Mail’s normal doom and gloom mood it highlights the flagging economy by saying how desperate the state of the job market is when a company receives 35,000 applicants for a mere 1,000 jobs.
The trouble with this negative reporting is that it makes no mention of the quality of the applicants CV’s or the applicant’s suitability to the positions on offer. If we go by our experience of applicants to adverts I would say that for every advert we place on the web for a senior qualified person we will receive in excess of 50 CV’s of which 5 may have the skills to warrant an interview; the rest are just applying for any position that they see without reading the job specification or the qualifications demanded by the employer.
Before you apply for an advertised position take the time to read the specification carefully, then confirm that you meet at least 80% of the general requirements and 100% of the “essential” requirements, ensure the location of the job is acceptable to you and the salary is realistic to your last salary or what you feel you are worth; then and only then apply for the position. (more…)