As I called for CV’s from the education sector to build up Edustaff’s database I am again flooded with CV’s of those looking for work.

What is incredibly disconcerting, especially for a recruiter, is the lack of quality exhibited in the communication received from these job seekers.

Here are a few tips to ensure not only does your application get noticed but also appreciated for the conscientiousness approach to your communication

  1. Sending a scanned CV that has been photocopied over and over again is sloppy
  2. Sending an email with a scanned CV that does not have a file name and no cover letter is going to be ignored
  3. Including a cover letter that states “I am confident I meet all the criteria for the post that has been advertised and have all the skills it requires” is lazy.  Copy and paste, generic cover letters do not work
  4. The correct spelling of curriculum vitae is required to be taken seriously
  5. Not indicating where you live is not helpful
  6. A professional email address from candidates is important. does not create a favourable impression.

When writing a cover letter, you should:

  1. Introduce yourself
  2. Mention the job (or kind of job) you’re applying for (or looking for)
  3. Show that your skills and experience match the skills and experience required – keep to a brief summary to encourage the reader to read your CV.

Looking forward to assisting all those looking for employment and adding value to the Education sector.

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