I was to write about interning after we posted 2 intern opportunities with our clients. However, as we shortlisted, we were appalled and I felt I must write this as a reminder and more for those who may be wondering they have sent out 200 plus applications with no response.
I know, even a ‘regret’ is better than never hearing from the companies you applied to.
If you do not hear from us or do not hear from recruiters after you apply for an opportunity, this could be one or all of the reasons!
This cannot be overemphasized.
So let us say it again, take your time. Write a great CV even for an internship. Sell yourself. How do you stand out from 800+ applications, like what we received for the Office Assistant Intern position in just a week?
The only thing standing between you being shortlisted for an interview, getting a regret or never hearing from the Recruiters is your CV and application letter where applicable.
Google is your friend, if not, then you better start making it your close ally. Know what to avoid, and do exactly that.
Not Following Instructions
If a job is for a certain nationality, please do not apply. It is not funny when a recruiter scroll down CVs to find a +254 yet they want a +255. Unless of course you are a citizen of that country and want to go back home.
If you cannot follow basic instructions in the job application process, why should the hiring company think you would follow instruction once hired? And trust us, there are so many instructions to follow.
Sending CV to multiple Employers on the Same Email.
Deadly sin here.
But why would you send your CV to 10 companies on the same email?
Not Including a Body on the Email.
This is another that actually tops the list where if you have a good CV but do not have time to write something about yourself and the job you are applying for, how would we know? The chances of a Recruiter opening that CV is pretty slim unless of course, they have some extra time or they did not get enough applicants for the specific job.
We repeat; pay attention, someone will pay attention too.
It is simple; You don’t want to put in time when applying, why would someone else spend their time checking your CV trying to figure out what sort of job would be of interest to you or what skills you have, yet you can simply include that in short paragraph?
No Subject, or the subject line, “CV”
My guess is as good as yours, ‘hit ignore button’.
No one will even bother responding to this. There is a reason people study Coms 101? And letter writing and there is a reason the emails have a subject line?
So let us get something straight.
Junk In, Junk Out.
You do not expect to get a call for an interview with either a junk CV or a junk application and especially not in a market where Recruiters have deadlines, KPIs and pressed for time to sieve through all the CVS. Yes, some must go through all CVs to create longlist before creating a shortlist because of audit purposes.
When you are a job seeker and you include a phone number, email address or skype ID, be sure to be available on those channels. Do check your emails on a regular basis. If you don’t and you miss a deadline, you have yourself to blame.
We as a leading Recruitment Agency in Kenya have several assessment stages and for large volumes of applications, we rely on provided email contacts to reach the applicants.
Be Intentional in your Job Search and see the rewards.