Many may not have the tiniest understanding that there are many minute and often ignored attributes they possess or express that give them an advantage or put them on a back foot when Job hunting. Two of these attributes would be explained in this article while the rest would come in over time as much as i have time to write.

What many don't realize is that from the moment a professional recruiter scans your CV or sees you at an interview (whichever comes first), he/she classifies you as either a candidate or a job seeker. This results from the contents of your CV or your conversation with the recruiter.
Let's examine a typical CV of both classes:


- Usually Simple or Less dense or properly designed (in the case of dense ones),
- Tailored to suit the particular job opening he/she applied for: (e.g for an engineering job, only engineering related experience are on the CV)
- Use of clean and strategic vocabulary (just incase the CV may go through an Applicant Tracking System as well as to easily catch the eye of the recruiter who is skimming through the CV rather than actually reading it)
- Proper and detailed Job description for each related work experience
- Use of the right tenses (past tenses) to describe all job and volunteer experience

.......and much more


- Either fully packed, poorly designed or heavy beautification attempts
- Written to suit ALL but NO job in particular
- Use of weak vocabulary
- Bullet point/Headline work experience (e.g -Retail sales executive 2010 or Anko Nig. Plc. 2010) with little or no job description
- Use of present tense for past experience
........and much more

This aside, lets examine nature of words/terms you get from job seekers and candidates when you engage them in a conversation.


- Sounds relaxed and steady
- Tone booms with confidence
- Waits to listen and understand before replying
- Has arguable knowledge of the sector
- Requests rather than plead/beg
- Has a backup plan
- Doesn't feel apprehensive
......and much more


- Sounds apprehensive
- Tone denotes anxiety
- Is desperate
- Has little to no arguable knowledge of the sector
- Always "willing to learn" or "a fast learner"
- Begs/Pleads
......and much more

I believe with this bit, you can put two and two together and know where you fit and if you are in the wrong category, find a way to fix yourself.
*REMEMBER: Most employers only hire you for what they believe you can do for them and not the other way round. 9/10 cases, a CANDIDATE would get hired over a JOB SEEKER!!

Hope you found this bit enlightening? 

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Recruitment Researcher

*Facts stated in this article are not law hence may not apply in all cases as this depends solely on the nature, experience and professionalism of the recruiter involved.