Over the past 6 months, I have been involved in the recruitment of about 10 people. This is very positive as most people were filling new posts.

I usually just use FAS.ie as my advertising medium and receive up to 100 applications. This requires a lot of work so naturally, I am looking for ways to deselect candidates and have to be ruthless as follows:

1. When there is no greeting or cover note accompanying the CV – I just delete it.

2. When there is no reference to what job they are applying for – I dont rate them highly

3. When there are references to other jobs they have applied for and it is quite simply a copy and paste job with different colours and fonts – I dont rate highly.

4. When they fail to give their attached CV a relevan name – Best option is to call it “your own name” cv. doc. Receiving latestcv.doc 50 times means that I have to rename and re-save – easier to delete

5. Spelling and Grammer mistakes plus txt language is not appropriate on application

6. Screening calls or not answering your mobile when on the hunt for jobs is crazy – you are either looking for a job or not.

7. Not replying to emails in a timely manner will affect your chances.

8. Mis-spellings in the CV

9. Badly prepared CV with irrelevant information – I’m not bothered that you did a manual handling course in 1981! Keep it current.

These are just the reasons why you will not stand a chance for first interview – and you have full control of this.

Its tough out there – but don’t make it tougher on yourself….

About the author,

Hi I’m Derek O’Dwyer. I have been an ActionCOACH for the last 18 years. I live in Clare and work with businesses around Ireland to take their business to the next level. I am passionate about business and providing help and advice. In the past 18 years I have worked with over 400 business owners helping them and their business. I adapt my coaching depending on what you and your business need. I find that each coaching relationship is different but as long as we understand that we have a common objective with timescales, positive things happen quickly. I am a firm believer i the concept of “what you can measure you can manage” and “what you measure you can improve”. Key performance indicators and accountability form the bedrock of my coaching platforms. If making more money from your business, working less hours in your business and having a great team running your business then it’s worth having a discussion with me. If you are willing to implement changes I will be there to help every step of the way. In terms of personal accolades and recognition I have been awarded ActionCOACH of the year in Ireland every year for the last ten years In 2019 I was inducted into the ActionCOACH Global Hall Of Fame I was global Rookie Coach of The Year in 2002 having achieved remarkable success as the first ActionCOACH in Europe. Many of my clients have also received awards from their peers for their business improvements.