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Job Hunting Made Easy

In my last blog I discussed the importance of making it easy for a recruiter to select your CV for their shortlist to send to their client, and hopefully your future employer.

In this piece I’m going to share a few insider tips on how you can improve your hit rate in some very simple ways.

  • Make sure that you submit your Resume or CV in Word format, as an ex recruiter I know the headache that a CV in PDF or other alternative formats can cause.  Recruiting is a game of speed, and no matter how insulting it may seem that your CV will only command attention at first read of around a minute, I’m afraid that’s fact.  Once plucked from obscurity of the database, your CV will most likely have to be standardized and formatted to forward on to their client or hiring manager.  This process usually involves taking off your contact details, to prevent the client circumnavigating the recruiter, and pasting your CV onto the recruiter’s corporate header, so the client is in no doubt where the CV came from.   Your CV will almost always be sent on to the client in Word format, as the most widely used document format.  If the recruiter has to spend valuable time trying to convert and edit the document themselves or arrange for someone else to do this for them, you are losing time wasting valuable brownie points.
  • Check your contact details are up to date.  There is probably nothing more frustrating for a recruiter than finding the perfect candidate, only to find they have changed their phone number and not updated their Resume.  Mobile phone and email are the contact details of choice for a recruiter.

  • When did you last update your CV?  You may have had a promotion, or been on another course, make sure it’s there on your Resume.  It might be as simple as adding an extra piece of software to your CV that you have learned to use, which would now mean that you are selected in a database search using that term.  Remember, make it easy for a recruiter to find you when they Boolean search their database.

  • Don’t just add on your latest job to an old CV.  Each time you move on you need to revamp your Resume, remember that it is the most recent jobs that a potential employer is interested in, so edit your CV to include more detail of you most recent jobs and make less of the jobs from the past.  This way you will avoid having a rambling CV of little relevance.  Read my article on How long should a CV be?
  • Having taken the time to put your Resume on a database, when a recruiter rings you, try to take the time to have a discussion with them.  If the time is inconvenient, then ask them to call back later at a mutually convenient time.  Many recruiters are happy to speak to prime candidates even in the evening if it means they can have an uninterrupted conversation.  Remember that you will need to impress the recruiter, in order to ensure they represent you in the best possible light with their client.  Take the time to strike up a rapport with your recruiter and you will be amazed at the dividends it will pay in time.

Hopefully these tips will help you move on to interview stage when you might find my Interview Advice useful.  Have you registered your CV already?  If not Register here now!  It’s free and you can sign up for regular live job updates delivered direct into your inbox.

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  • Jonna

    Hi all,

    Great site. I currently work as a software engineer, but Ive been looking for a career move into engineering.

    Given the low entry salaries for apprenticeships (and my age – 34) I was thinking my best option would be to move into upstream/offshore oil and gas, perhaps as an ops technician?

    I’ve been looking for a forum that’ll put me in touch with industry professionals – hopefully this is a reasonable place to start…

    Any advice people? Should I look to acquire an nvq, diploma or degree before begin searching for a job?


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  • Richard Gray

    Hi Basiem,

    Thanks for posting on the blog, however I would suggest you physically register on the OilCareers site as a user and upload your CV/Resume. You are much more likely to raise interest with recruiters that way. You can register by completing the form on the following link: Register.

    Good luck with your job hunt.

  • Ron Davison

    At first I was excited about your site “” until I submitted my first CV only to find that it is a scam to sell $18/CV re-writing services. Is there any way to use your site to find a job, without paying for unnecessary re-writes?

  • Richard Gray

    Hi Ron,

    There’s certainly no scam about our CV re-writing services. These are totally optional for users of You can submit your CV as part of the registration process for use with any job applications you’d like to make.

    In terms of finding a new job – there is drop down search functionality on the homepage, where you can select your specialism within the industry. Alternatively, for a more indepth search, click here for our Advanced Search, where you can search by specialism, location and/or keyword.

    Hope this helps & good luck with your search.


  • Ken

    Hi Richard,
    I took up your CV re-writing service about 5 months ago and did not have success with this. Plus I also took up on the Cover letter and the premier CV service. Whats the deal with this? there are a number of jobs in my field and I dont get any replies. Does your CV and cover letters work?


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