Our Blog

Add some personality to get the job! And send us some beer.

04/07/14 - 12:30

According to the latest research from ICM Research, young jobseekers need to add a bit more "personality" to their applications in order to secure employment. Worryingly, their survey suggested that 33% admit good candidates sometimes miss out on interviews because their application is not exciting enough.


Their survey of over 900 recruiting managers also suggested that:

* 19% of hiring managers said that CVs were similar

* 38% want young people to give greater prominence to their personal achievements

* Apparently the personality traits they are looking for are; a strong work ethic (33%), commitment (31%), communication skills (29%) and team working skills (28%)

* Over a third (37%) said young people are not aware of the importance employers place on soft skills, with 26% saying soft skills should be listed ahead qualifications


They didn't comment on the chap in Canada who recently secured three job offers by putting his CV onto a four pack of beer. He certainly showed some personality!


Although our most common method of receiving CVs at Cathcart Associates is currently by email, please feel free to send your "Resum-ales" to 11 Castle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AH. Probably best making them for the attention of Gordon Kaye, just in case they go missing.