Recruitment and Selection at Sime Darby – a few tips. (Part I)

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You have decided to join the Sime Darby family and are ready to submit an application. Here are a few tips on what we look for.

Why do you need an application form? Can I not just send you my CV?

That seems to be quite a simple request but considering that one vacancy can attract upwards of 50 applications, and often more, you can understand why we require all candidates to submit an online application. This is the safest way to ensure your application will go through the usual recruitment process and not be lost in someone’s email because they might go on leave for the next 2 weeks.

Another reason why we have application forms is so that we need to ask a few basic questions to ensure we can get back to you in a timely manner. Some of those, usually the important ones, will be asked again at the phone screen stage to ensure things have not changed between the time you applied and the time you were shortlisted.

Cover letter, yes or no?

A cover letter is how you say “Hello! How are you? Do you have time for a quick chat?” When you submit a cover letter, you need to ensure it makes an impact. Read the advert and the job description carefully and make sure you clearly outline how your experience relates to the skills, experience and personality the company is looking for. Address your cover letter to the Company, and if you know the name of the person who will read it, address it to them personally. This shows you have paid attention to the advert. It is also the medium where you can give additional information that might be relevant to your application. For example, if you apply for a role in Auckland and currently live in Tauranga, what are your plans to relocate?

Your cover letter should not be a letter version of your CV.  If you are feeling rushed and you are not able to give your cover letter the care it deserves, it might be best not to attach one. But when you do have time, follow up by emailing a copy to the hiring manager.

CV – what format?

There are many ways to format a CV and if you just Google CV templates, you are bound to find one that you like. However, here are a few tips to make sure your CV stands out:

Do not:

  • “Overcrowd” your CV. It can be difficult sometimes to show all you have done in a few pages, but an overcrowded CV is difficult to read. Considering some recruiters can go through upwards of 50 CVs for any given role, you want to make sure they are drawn to reading yours.
  • Include unnecessary information. Your height, weight and marital status are not relevant to your ability to do the job, neither is a photo.

Do:

  • Make sure you have checked your CV for spelling and grammatical mistakes
  • Make it clear and easy to read. Include your employment dates, what company you have worked for, the duties you have performed in at least 3 roles, particularly if they are relevant to the role you are applying for.
  • Make sure you keep a consistent font and size throughout.
  • If you are using a template, ensure you fill out all the fields.
  • Read, edit, read, edit, have someone review it, and edit some more.

If you are not the creative type but still want to submit a well-designed CV, you can find some templates in Word or on Seek (www.seek.co.nz or www.seek.com.au).

 

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