The biggest mistake made by all job searchers, recruiters and hirers

What is the biggest mistake made by all job searchers, recruiters and hirers? The common denominator and trap that everyone falls into?

And here’s the reality – just by reading these first couple of lines, you may have unwittingly made this mistake already .. that’s how easy it is .. to make assumptions .. to unintentionally mislead your own sound judgement,  so easily taking you down the wrong road and consequently, way off where you should be.

We all do it every day.  We all make assumptions.  Sometimes we realize. Sometimes we don’t.  But it happens, albeit naively.

Yet assumptions are so dangerous. They block possibility and prevent opportunity.  They are damaging and an avoidable distraction. They can be game-changers and can pivot crucial decisions.

To prove my point,  assumptions I regularly see in recruitment and  job search, which cripple progress include;

  • They never got back to me; assumption = they are not interested
  • The gap in the CV; assumption = what are they hiding?
  • The candidate can’t make the interview; assumption = candidate not interested
  • Job titles; assumption = narrow remit and responsibilities
  • Short tenure; assumption = sacked
  • Lots of jobs; assumption = unreliable

We train our minds to think in certain ways, many of our assumptions are learnt and the default is negative.

The first step to remedy this is to recognise this.  Be aware of your internal dialogue.

Then open your mind, don’t be black and white in your thinking – be more ‘grey’. Retune your thought transmission.

Follow up the job interview.

Ask the candidate more questions.

Probe into career history.

Check all your messages, including the voicemail you’ve ignored ..

Determine fact from fiction.  Don’t fill in the blanks with what you don’t know, seek answers!

Create possibility, don’t prevent it!

Sorry to regurgitate a very old cliche – but it really is true!  To Assume is to make an Ass out of u and me!


Delving into the mind of a CV Reviewer. 3 steps.

Delving into the mind of a CV Reviewer.

Step 1
Pick up the CV and flick through the pages to gauge instant first impressions.  MINDSET TRIGGER NUMBER ONE – do I like the feel and look of it? Am I looking for reasons why I should place this CV in the YES pile; or, do I get a not-so-great feeling about it, and I am looking for reasons why I should place this CV in the NO pile.

Step 2
Quickly assess who you are, what you are and why I should hire you.  MINDSET TRIGGER NUMBER TWO – go straight to the personal summary statement to quickly determine these things.  No time to actually read your CV and figure this out, so it needs to be clear as a bell.  This will determine if I read on with a more positive, ambivalent or couldn’t-care-less MINDSET.

Step 3
Continue to scan the CV and look for key qualifiers that are important.  MINDSET TRIGGER NUMBER THREE –This is a page-turner, I’m now reading with interest and in fact picking up interesting points that tips the balance and I’d like to explore further at interview; or, my interest is dwindling, this CV is not easy to read and doesn’t tell me much of what I need to know, creating more questions than answers – it could be a contender – but one for the Possible pile; or, totally disengaged, not working for me, not answering my questions, no key qualifiers demonstrated – it’s an easy No.

My point being …

Even if you are a great fit for the role, and you may even be the best-fit applicant for the job amongst the crowd of CVs being considered – if your CV doesn’t reflect what the Hirer is looking for, then do not pass go and do not collect £100.

Building a resilient mindset in a challenging job search market

Seeing as Today is World Kindness Day, be kind to yourself ..

In these unsettling times, personal resilience is key.  Keeping a positive mindset when things may not be going the way you want can be challenging at the best of times,  even for the more robust job searcher.  Here are a few thoughts to help keep your job search mindset in a much better place.

  • Keep it real – don’t apply for a space cadet job if you are afraid of heights. Don’t delude yourself.
  • Remove some of the stress by keeping in control as much as you can and keep on top of things. Focus on things you can change, don’t dwell on stuff you can’t. Let go of baggage.
  • Listen to your gut feeling – 99% of the time, it is right (listen to your head, not your heart).
  • Leave your inner-critic behind you and be aware of your internal dialogue (preserve your energy for more constructive activity).
  • Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get the interview. Just learn from each situation and move on. Try not to take it personally – reality check is you never know who you are up against and if it’s not meant to be, then it’s not meant to be. Park it and move on.
  • Reward yourself with little wins.
  • Be open-minded and avoid making assumptions. (Assumptions can block out wider opportunity for you and you never know where a left turn on your job search road map may take you ..)
  • Learn, Listen, Change;. Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback and utilise the recruiter expertise around you – they know how to play the game better than you.
  • Don’t let it sap all your energy. Take time out and be kind to yourself. Stay healthy – exercise is a great mind cleanser and a healthy diet can help with your mood and energy levels.
  • Don’t be afraid or too proud to ask for help. It’s OK. And good advice can make such a difference if you let it.
  • Keep your mind active. Maybe use the time to gain some new skills or take up some training.  (There are loads of free/low-cost training courses available on-line).
  • Listen to constructive criticism from your Supporters. And understand their messages.
  • Be nice to everyone. You never know when your paths may cross again.

This article was written by Ginnie Riley, Job Search Strategist, at Jobsearchwarrior.

Ginnie Riley, Job Search Stategist at Jobsearchwarrior


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Furlough is a voluntary employee scheme; that means it is an employer’s choice. Employers are not obligated to furlough you. What we are seeing now – well into this lockdown period, is some companies having to make some tough decisions, which in some cases is resulting in redundancies, especially as there will be an employer cost to furlough employees going forward and normal redundancies protocols will still apply.

If these are uncertain times for you as an employee, you are threatened directly with redundancy and you feel you are lost, I can offer a free consultation to help gain some clarity on your next steps.

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Employers! So you want to protect your company’s brand and recruit more effectively?

Employers, so you want to protect your company’s brand and recruit more effectively?  Then think about the real candidate experience.

Value the Candidate: The Candidate who:

  • Drops everything for the last minute interview
  • Takes a day’s holiday from work or sorts childcare, only to be told the interview needs rescheduling
  • Is declined after interview because they don’t have the right experience –  a decision which could have been determined  by reading the CV
  • Shows interest in your business sets up a portal password, takes the time to fill out another lengthy application form, and hears nothing back
  • Takes the time out to attend the interview, and hears nothing back
  • Has been misinformed by the agency representing you
  • Waits for a second interview that never comes
  • Answers generic questions with generic answers, or doesn’t know what animal they would like to be
  • Rejects a second interview, 4 weeks later as they have been snapped up elsewhere and was not kept informed
  • Rejects your job offer (which could be down to the impression formed during the interview experience)

Investing in the Candidate experience is investing in your Company Brand.  Compromising the Candidate experience is compromising your Company Band.

Don’t short-circuit the system.  Invest in your recruitment process.


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I’ve lost count of the number of times during a CV Consultation I have said: “why isn’t that on your CV?”  And the stock answer is: “Not really thought about it”.  It happens every time.

Why rewriting your own CV is like putting lipstick on a pig – it’s still a pig

So why does this happen?   The answer is simple. Once you are asked the right type of questions the right type of information flows. But when you are in a bubble, you are restricted by your own limiting thought processes and stifled by your preconceived ideas of what you think should go into a CV, unconscious bias even.  Paradigm thinking suppresses tapping into information that exists beyond the boundaries. That and part laziness – it’s so easy to spot a lazy CV from a well thought out CV.

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