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I have a CV. Do you have a vacancy?

May 28, 2015

Disclaimer: This is a personal view and does not reflect my current or past employer’s view.

This post is dedicated to jobseekers out there. Please do listen (or read this) very carefully

I am ready to twist somebody’s arm and now am compel to blog about this.

This is just an after-thought after seeing so many CVs and resumes as well as applications for the vacant positions within my organisation.

Rules of thumbs (in no particular order):

  1. Please, please, please. Read every word in the advert. Literally!
  2. Know yourself. Meaning, know your level (academic and work experience-wise) and do not demand.
  3. Know the company. One candidate asked me in turn on what the company does. I felt I was the one being interviewed *sniff*sniff
  4. Understand the position and requirements needed for the position.
  5. Understand catchy words like “desirable”, “essentials”, “a must” and other enticing phrases.
  6. A bit of research on the position and the company is A MUST. (Seriously one candidate asked me what is expected from the position when it was clearly mentioned its available online)
  7. Please be prepared for the interview. Again, do a bit of research.
  8. Never lie or make up stories that don’t make sense. Ever!
  9. Be yourself. Don’t try to be a Steve Job wannabe or a diva.
  10. A bit of grooming and presentable dressing is desirable. First impression counts.
  11. When the advert mention a deadline, abide it. If you apply after the deadline, it will only show your poor time management.
  12. When the golden opportunity arises where you can send attachments, take note on what was stated. If they say up to 2MB, never ever exceed. This will only show if you follow instructions.
  13. Please re-visit your CV. Free CV templates are available. Believe me, nicely designed CVs, no matter how simple they are attract recruiters.
  14. Please show a bit of interest, not just for the sake of getting the job.
5 Comments leave one →
  1. viviena teng permalink
    June 8, 2015 9:10 am

    my dear, i feel you.

    I interviewed for many candidates for a position. Sometimes things turn out differently. sometimes they are very demanding. demand high salary but no experience. I don’t want to take risks. What is Form 6 now? What is a Degree without experience?

    • Eva Wanda permalink*
      June 9, 2015 3:26 pm

      Exactly. Spot on dear!

  2. viviena teng permalink
    June 9, 2015 3:41 pm

    just the other day i have a candidate who said was raised in Brunei. Came to interview wearing short and t-shirt. wait a minute! Am i old now? Do people dressed that way to work now? Very street smart and boastful!

    • Eva Wanda permalink*
      June 10, 2015 1:28 pm

      *Gobsmacked! Did you hire the candidate in the end dear?

  3. viviena teng permalink
    June 10, 2015 1:35 pm

    No dear. I’m interviewing other applicants.

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