By Jamie Schwam
ROME, April 24 – Between ten and 60 seconds, that’s all.
That is the amount of time you have to impress a prospective employer with your resume, (or, curriculum vitae).
Dr. Gabriele Ghini of the international head hunting firm, Heidrick & Struggles, came to JCU to discuss what major businesses look for when searching for their prospective candidates.
Heidrick & Struggles has been around for more than 50 years specializing in senior-level positions for major corporations. Although Ghini focuses more on top level management placement, he discussed with JCU students recently the parts of a resume you should avoid, plus the sections you should highlight to land your first big job. Then, he discussed the dreaded job interview.
“There are three types of interviews that are used in the job interview. First, is the CV interview, second is the 'stressing interview', and third is the 'competence interview'”, Ghini says.
The CV interview contains probing questions, and asks the most important question, why? The stressing interview puts pressure on the potential candidate. The point of this is to see how you would work under such conditions. The key is to not lose your patience, he says. The competence interview, which is very professional and often includes a psychological evaluation, is another to watch out for.
“There are a few rules that apply to creating a CV that will get yours noticed”, Ghini says.
When producing a CV, it is important to make it your own and make it stand out. Most importantly, it should answer, so what? When you start writing, put yourself in the reader’s position. It will help you sell yourself, without overselling yourself.
There are also many mistakes to avoid when creating a CV. As obvious as it might sound, only send it to companies that are interested in receiving CVs for your particular specialty. Another major focus of companies is finding a candidate proficient in everyday computer programs, such as Microsoft Office. The reader only has a couple of seconds to determine if you are the qualified applicant they seek.
With the real world quickly approaching, it is important to be prepared for these future endeavors. Writing your CV and the job interview process are both key components to getting hired and receiving the job that best suits you.