Q: I'm good at what I do, but can't seem to get past the CV submission stage. What can I do?
A: While it's easy to list your experience and qualifications, it is difficult to encapsulate your personality and cultural fit to an organisation, even in the best of CVs.
In the case of direct applications the covering letter is really the only opportunity you have to articulate your personality traits and "fit" to the role. You need to be careful, though, that what you include is relevant and accurate.
If applying through a recruiter you should have discussed your experience thoroughly. A recruiter, because of their experience, should be able to identify experiences that, while not strictly on point, demonstrate the necessary capability or skills to successfully complete the required duties.
The beauty of working with a good recruitment consultant means that they are able to be an advocate for you with the employer.
As a recruiter the majority of my energy is focussed on ensuring that the prospective employee matches the employer's personlaity and cultural needs. Experience and skills is the base line.
- Naline Moore, senior consultant for private practice at Mahlab Recruitment (Vic)