Blog

You Are Here:

How relevant are CVs from job boards?

Posted on | Posted in Businesses

We’ve all used job boards to one extent or another with differing degrees of success – but how relevant are applicant’s CVs you find on job boards?  Job boards can be very useful for those looking to hire, the ability to search a large database of candidates definitely has its advantages.

Advertising on the other hand can be a bit of a lottery.  Each job board has its own industry criteria and  job lists.  Therefore, you’re not always comparing apples with apples.  There’s definitely a knack to targeting your relevant candidate pool. Making sure the post code is right, the keywords are attractive to your ideal applicant, showing how attractive your benefits package is, all helps job seekers find you.

So why do you get applicants living in Aberdeen applying for a role in Basingstoke? Often it’s a keyword search glitch. They may have in their CV that they are looking for a job “within 20 miles of Aberdeen”, therefore the keyword search bots pick up ”within 20 miles” without the Aberdeen part.

Finding relevant applicants

As for irrelevant applications, or seemingly irrelevant applications, that’s more than likely due to a very generic CV being sent on application.  Many of the job boards only allow applicants to upload one CV.  So when they see a job that attracts them, they click the apply button and their generic CV gets sent.

We advocate that candidates use the boards to search, but apply direct or through the recruitment agent or company.  That way a conversation can be had about relevant skills, culture matches, achievements etc.

Interview candidates hand shaking

Job boards are an extremely useful part of the recruitment process.  What we’re saying is that something as important as the next career move should take more effort than a simple click of an apply now button.

You’re going to invest time and effort to recruit the right person into your company, so shouldn’t it go without saying that candidates should put some effort into showing you how right they are for you?

At Wote Street People we pay high attention to detail when it comes to matching candidates with job vacancies. We take the time to make sure companies get the perfect applicants who could make a real positive difference to their business, and we work with our candidates to ensure they apply for jobs that they would truly enjoy and succeed at.

Wote Street People can help you find full time, part time, permanent, contract and temporary staff in Basingstoke and surrounding areas, give us a call on 01256 799 127 or email maxine@wotestreetpeople.co.uk.

 

0

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Latest Posts
04 Nov 2019

Boringstoke to Amazingstoke: 3 reasons why Basingstoke is a great place to look for work in 2020

Another year is almost over and with less than 50 shopping days before Christmas, you may also be thinking about a career move in the New Year. Why not consider a job in Basingstoke? Located in Basing View, one of Basingstoke’s growing business communities, Wote Street People know what a great place Basingstoke is to[…..]

Latest Posts
06 Aug 2019

It’s not (all) about the money: what graduates want from a graduate job

“Graduates want more from life – we know we’re going to live ‘til we’re 100, have five different careers in our lifetimes, so we want to enjoy ourselves.” The summer months always see an influx of enthusiastic graduates, fresh from universities and business schools across the UK; looking to establish their career path and land[…..]

Latest Posts
22 Jul 2019

Don’t take the Men-o-pause literally – women over 50 can add real value to your business!

According to the CIPD report, women over the age of 50 are the fastest growing segment of the workforce.  So, why do so many suffer from age discrimination?  Possibly it’s to do with the common, but sometimes misunderstood symptoms that affect lots of women between the ages of 45-55, including hot flushes, headaches, aches and[…..]

Latest Posts
05 Jul 2019

And the winner of the award for going ‘above and beyond’ is…

Maxine Hart, our Operations Director, won the ‘Above and Award’ at the Place to Be Proud of Awards, which took place at the Haymarket Theatre in Basingstoke recently. Destination Basingstoke runs the annual Place to Be Proud of Awards, which are hosted to recognise important contributions to Basingstoke’s community made by local individuals and organisations.[…..]

Latest Posts
27 Jun 2019

Don’t get burned by another summer holiday nightmare

Summer is a supposedly idyllic time of year that most people look forward to. Warm days at the beach, refreshing drinks in the garden, delicious ice creams in the park… But if you’re a hiring manager looking after roles that need to be constantly resourced – such as reception, call centre, or warehouse – it[…..]