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  string(3265) "As a recruiter, I meet a lot of new people every week. One thing I always appreciate is when people ask for my advice; it’s a great feeling to know that people value your opinion and your hard-won wisdom.

I try to take this responsibility very seriously, only giving advice that I believe to be true, based on my own experience. When I speak to candidates I am regularly shocked at the proliferation of bad advice out there!

I have collected a few of the “myths” that I hear frequently – here are my opinions on why you should ignore them!

Myth 1: Don’t Include Dates on Your CV

I see this mistake ALL THE TIME, and it never ceases to amaze me. You most definitely should include dates on your CV.

A CV should answer questions – not raise them; if you want your CV to get selected out of the dozens, even hundreds of CVs that recruiters and companies receive for their vacancies, you should ensure that it tells the full story.

CVs without dates instantly raise more questions than they answer. It becomes very tempting to put such a CV in the “too hard” basket when you have 100 CVs to parse through!

Omitting dates can also imply that you are trying to obscure the truth, whether it be lack of significant tenure in any roles or major employment gaps. Your best bet is to be honest – the truth will come out eventually!

Myth 2: Don’t Take Contract Work

I have found a common misconception amongst job-seekers that contract work will work against you on your CV.

While it is true that you will want to be able to demonstrate tenure and commitment on your CV, there is nothing wrong with accepting a short-term role, and there are many potential benefits!

Contract roles give you experience adapting quickly and delivering outcomes in a set time-frame. Contract roles also give you the opportunity to try new industries or roles without committing on a permanent basis – if you don’t like the role or industry, there is a built-in exit strategy that leaves all bridges in tact!

Most importantly, contract roles can lead to permanent opportunities!

Myth 3: Don’t Say No

So many candidates fear that if they say “no” to a job brief, they will never be called again – that is simply not true! There is nothing wrong with knowing what you want; choosing your next role is an important decision and you should not feel any pressure to pursue a role that doesn’t appeal to you.

I would much rather find out that a candidate isn’t interested while briefing them on the role, rather than submitting someone to a client, organising interviews, and ultimately wasting everyone’s time.

Knowing what you want and exercising the right to say “no” is the mark of a strong candidate who is seeking to make the right choice!

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As a recruiter, I meet a lot of new people every week. One thing I always appreciate is when people ask for my advice; it’s a great feeling to know that people value your opinion and your hard-won wisdom.

I try to take this responsibility very seriously, only giving advice that I believe to be true, based on my own experience. When I speak to candidates I am regularly shocked at the proliferation of bad advice out there!

I have collected a few of the “myths” that I hear frequently – here are my opinions on why you should ignore them!

Myth 1: Don’t Include Dates on Your CV

I see this mistake ALL THE TIME, and it never ceases to amaze me. You most definitely should include dates on your CV.

A CV should answer questions – not raise them; if you want your CV to get selected out of the dozens, even hundreds of CVs that recruiters and companies receive for their vacancies, you should ensure that it tells the full story.

CVs without dates instantly raise more questions than they answer. It becomes very tempting to put such a CV in the “too hard” basket when you have 100 CVs to parse through!

Omitting dates can also imply that you are trying to obscure the truth, whether it be lack of significant tenure in any roles or major employment gaps. Your best bet is to be honest – the truth will come out eventually!

Myth 2: Don’t Take Contract Work

I have found a common misconception amongst job-seekers that contract work will work against you on your CV.

While it is true that you will want to be able to demonstrate tenure and commitment on your CV, there is nothing wrong with accepting a short-term role, and there are many potential benefits!

Contract roles give you experience adapting quickly and delivering outcomes in a set time-frame. Contract roles also give you the opportunity to try new industries or roles without committing on a permanent basis – if you don’t like the role or industry, there is a built-in exit strategy that leaves all bridges in tact!

Most importantly, contract roles can lead to permanent opportunities!

Myth 3: Don’t Say No

So many candidates fear that if they say “no” to a job brief, they will never be called again – that is simply not true! There is nothing wrong with knowing what you want; choosing your next role is an important decision and you should not feel any pressure to pursue a role that doesn’t appeal to you.

I would much rather find out that a candidate isn’t interested while briefing them on the role, rather than submitting someone to a client, organising interviews, and ultimately wasting everyone’s time.

Knowing what you want and exercising the right to say “no” is the mark of a strong candidate who is seeking to make the right choice!

 

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