I am looking for a new job but, it seems to be a complete lottery in terms of getting past the recruitment gatekeepers.
It seems that, if you ask 5 HR consultants what should be on a CV, you'll probably get 12 mutually exclusive answers. It seems for every recruitment "specialist" who claims a CV should be no more than one page long, there is another who wants a printout of your DNA sequence.
I've managed to pare mine down to two pages of A4: A page of keywords, education & recent experience and a page on (some of) the projects I've undertaken. The problem I have is that, it doesn't matter what job I apply for, I get a rejection letter saying here are candidates with a closer fit for the intended job.
As an experiment, I transcribed the job requirements for a particular position into my CV in such a way that, in order to differentiate myself from the job advertised they would have had to take my physical deformities into account. I got the much the same result though.
Unsurprisingly, this leads me to suspect a few things:
1) Most consultants don't even bother to read the CV, they just send a rejection. they may keep it on record in case one of their friends, family members or pets lets them down at the last minute;
2) The advertised job doesn't actually exist. It's just a trawling tool to collect CV's so body shops can claim to have 400,000,000 candidates on their books and inflate their desirability to employers;
3) There is no interest in the quality of personnel. It's just a tele-sales numbers game and all they want to do is dump a pile of CV's on someone's desk.
I've applied for over 100 positions, some of which I'd be perfect for yet I just keep getting rejection letters. That said, I'm absolutely confident that, were I to sit with the technical manager offering the job, I'd be able to land it.
I'm good at what I do, have a fantastic track record, an excellent post graduate degree in Software Engineering, and many, many successful projects under my belt. I just can't get past the "jobsworths" human resources gatekeepers on the front line.
Anyone got any suggestions? (short of turning up at a recruitment company office and beating one of them to death as an example to the others)