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CV mistakes: How to ruin your chances in 7 steps!

By | CV & Cover Letters, Featured, Job Search

Disclaimer: The content written below is not personal, unintended to offend anyone whatsoever. It’s by all means just me ranting and sharing with you my frustration in the form of advice…very critical advice.

Wrapping up a project, we, WUZZUF Coaches team, reviewed nearly 300 CVs. What a ride! While we thought you’ve seen it all, a CV after the other has a way of surprising us. The amount of irrelevant, unnecessary, completely misplaced and/or misused information we’ve collectively found in those was unimaginable!!

There is a number of extremely obvious mistakes that you just can’t overlook. Those mistakes can efficiently, also expectedly, jeopardize a candidate’s claim on any position they’re applying for no matter how qualified they actually are. Here are some of the mistakes that have completely baffled me as a recruiter and as a career coach/resume expert.

Spelling mistakes are turn-offs

Imagine reading a professional’s summary and you’re all excited because it seems promising and you’re greeted with the gruesome mistake of “keep eye for details”. Ironic, isn’t it?

It’s also fatal. It indicates that whoever wrote this CV was not attentive and didn’t put much effort into reviewing what they’ve written. Even more ironic!

The right thing to do here is to freakin’ spell check! They’re, like, everywhere and in every document management system, there is, so you have no excuse. I know my tone here seems a bit harsh, but you can’t imagine how many CVs we reviewed and found such silly mistakes that could automatically disqualify you as a candidate just because you forgot to spell check your CV, it makes me angry. If you are looking for good spell checkers online -other than the usual choices of Microsoft word automatic spell check and Google Docs- use Grammarly!

Career Objective in an entry-level candidate

“Seeking a challenging position that will utilize my skills and experience in a company for growth and advancement.” I find this specific sentence, that nearly 70% of the CVs reviewed had, incredibly irritating, ugh!. I mean, who doesn’t want? If you find someone who doesn’t want a challenging job in a good company, I’ll take you out for a cup of coffee. I mean it!

Bottom line, a template career objective must be killed! I’d much rather go straight to the information I’m reviewing the CV for, like the professional background, job details, extra-curricular activities, internships or the educational and academic background, you know! The juicy stuff.

Photo in the CV!

Once and for all, just don’t put a photo on your CV unless you were explicitly asked to, OK?! 

Some jobs, especially customer-facing jobs, would sort of need a photo in the CV, so then, and only then, it’s acceptable. Even though I personally disagree with this notion, as it provides a chance for discrimination based on looks but whatever.  

So what would a photo do with the qualifications of a site engineer? Nothing more than making the file much larger. Probably, with our internet in Egypt, taking a long time to open or download. So unless I absolutely ask a candidate to include a personal photo in their CV, I would rather not be greeted with someone’s face when I open it.

Fancy template or no template, that is the question!

So you saw a template online that has many shapes, colors, fonts and, sometimes, circles that you’d think will make your CV look more “sophisticated”? WRONG! Going for the overly decorative CV templates is not a thing for an accountant or a quality assurance specialist or us non-movie-making-non-graphic-designing people, OK?! All those colors and circles and tables, that give me a headache just looking at them, can actually make it difficult for me to navigate and review the CV. I get distracted by all the colors, no shame in that!

So instead of overly accessorizing the CV, I’d much rather go through a simple, well-spaced, clean and organized CV that will help me get my job done quickly! Looking for another non-overly-decorative CV templates to use, maybe visit this link or check this website.

Job description breakdown, or none at all!

Again, all I want to get from the CV is a summary of the professional experience. Why do I have to scroll through pages after pages of mundane and boring bullet points describing literally every single aspect of the job? And believe me when I say it. Every. Single. Thing. I don’t want to know that you “attended your team’s weekly meeting”. If you believe that this is worth mentioning then we need to have a serious discussion about how to describe your main responsibilities. I’d prefer if you’d make it easier for me to get an overall understanding of the job and role description as clearly and as swiftly as possible, do I have to say it this often??

So I, sadly unlike many people, would go for starting with the main aspects of the job, using descriptive and powerful verbs. Focusing on my main responsibilities that no one else will do other than me. So here’s an example of what I humbly have in my own CV as a Career Coach at WUZZUF,

  • Conducts one-on-one career coaching to professionals of all ages and career levels  
  • Guides coachees through assessments and create individualized career plans

I do more than just these two points, mind you! But some are shared with the team that I also mention in my Cv, but you don’t need to see that too!

Instead of writing down every single point, maybe try to refer back to your job description and your core job responsibilities. They should have everything you’ll need. I recommend adding your own spin and/or words onto it, since we end up getting more and more involved in numerous things during our employment other than the core job. Which is amazing, definitely recommended!

Good at a skill? Prove it!

If I see “excellent communicator and team player” in another CV, so help me god! I’ve literally seen it in 90% of the CV we’ve reviewed. I know that companies always look for the “good team player” and the “communicator” but after seeing it mentioned that many times, I’m starting to question the legitimacy of this claim.

So don’t start foolishly googling “personal skills to add in the CV” and pick random ones to add to your CV. Try to integrate it into your job description points as mentioned above. Don’t write “excellent communicator” in a separate personal skills section, I don’t want that!. Instead, go for “responsible for all communication and alignment for ongoing campaigns with the concerned teams” as part of your job description. This will make it easier for whoever is reading the CV to understand your skill AND your involvement in your job. A win-win situation for the both of us. That’ll save you a ton of time in writing, and me in reading. We both need that, desperately!

References will be furnished upon request

Please, enough!

Just don’t put that ok? If we need references, we promise we’ll ask.

Here’s a number of points that I just could not overlook! And if I saw it again, I’ll probably hurt someone.

  • Detailed home address in the CV? No. Just no. I don’t need to know the flat number and/or the street name. I don’t think I’ll come and visit you anytime soon. Just the neighborhood and the city are more than enough, thank you very much!
  • Speaking of home, I really don’t need your home phone number. I wouldn’t call you there either way since I might get to speak with your mom or little brother by accident. I don’t want that to happen for the sake of either of us. Your mobile number is the one I need.
  • toti_frooty@yahoo.com(fake email) should not by any means be an email I use to communicate with a candidate. I don’t think I have the heart to send any form of professional communication to that email address. Just an email address with the person’s name is the way to go. No other way is acceptable.

All of the above should give you an idea of how a recruiter’s mind works and sometimes suffer through. However, if you’re looking for a more personalized feedback and a complete overhaul of your CV, we can help with that.

What you should take out of all this? That you should always put yourself in the recruiter’s shoes. If you take a look at your CV using this perspective, maybe, just maybe, you’ll understand why all I’ve mentioned above is irritating. And by steering away from the above mistakes, you can end up having a killer CV because you’ll know how to showcase how awesome you really are (And probably also help maintain the recruiter’s mental health)! Just sayin’.

Ask a Coach: The Graduate’s Guide to Career Planning

By | Career Advice, Expert Advice, Featured, Kick-start

Fresh out of college?  Facing the dreaded question “what now”? Been there, done that! I was the typical lost-with-zero-self-awareness-looking-for-any-job type of graduate. I had no idea what I can do or what I wanted to do. Well, the situation has changed for me. It did take me 4 years of trials and plenty of errors to figure out what I wanted to do, but thanks to my career coaching training. Now, I have a clear roadmap for my desired career path.

It takes time to set the plan and carry it out. So be patient and flexible. Your commitment is a crucial aspect here, so don’t be slacking, instead get to planning!

  1. Know yourself

Before considering career options, degree-related or not, you have to ask yourself first, ‘which role would fit me?’. If you have an answer to this question, Kudos! You’re one of the lucky ones who possess a reasonable level of self-awareness required for this step. If you don’t, which most of us sadly don’t, then you would need to take a moment to answer this question.

There are some points to consider when the self-exploration phase starts,

  • Your personality: what type of jobs fit your personality type (you can look for personality or online psychometric assessments to help you with some initial indicators)
  • Your career values: what’s more important to you in your career (your job’s social impact, the location of the company, the salary range, etc.)
  • Your motivated skills: how your skills and qualification can fit the role of your choice (check some skills and qualification inventory assessment such as RIASEC).

Utilize these tools to give you a list of potential career options. If you feel excited about one or more, write them down along with the main character aspects that you’ll get from the personality assessment, the motivated skills, aka tasks, you’d enjoy doing as well as what you want your job to offer you.

Consider Career coaching to help you out through this phase. It will help challenge your pre-existing beliefs and considerations for yourself and will shed some light on some points that you, yourself, have not considered for your career choices. We all need the extra push sometimes.

  1. Relate your degree to job market! Or don’t!

Your college education can give you many career options to consider. There are some obvious degree-related options that you get introduced to during your 4-7 years in college. As an example, if you’ve graduated from the Faculty of Commerce, you can work in accountancy, human resources (based on your major), banking, logistics, sales or business development. If you’ve decided on one of the options already, then hooray! You can now just start applying for entry-level jobs that don’t require much experience and then build your way from there.

If you’re uncertain which opportunity fits you more, this plan will help you decide. Write down all the jobs you might be working and let’s see how it goes.

  1. Know your job market

‘How does the market look like today?’ is one of the most important questions you should get an answer to. There is an ever-increasing number of available of jobs every day. WUZZUF has more than 7000 jobs at this moment including almost every function and industry there is in the Egyptian job market. So you’re provided with access to literally thousands of jobs that you can research.

So take the list of career options that you’ve been provided with within the previous two steps and add any others that you came across this far and start researching.

  1. Shortlist your options

Read through the job descriptions, and I mean really read through them, try to visualize yourself doing them. Your understanding of what you might be doing day in and day out is critical. List the tasks that seem most intriguing to you.

Based on your research in the local market, start grading the jobs based on how interesting they seem to you and how they fit your motivated skills and career values. List all of your skills and values on the table and check the career option that will provide you with the chance to use this skill or will fit your career values. The ones with more check marks are the shortlisted ones. This will help minimize some of the confusion of what can fit you and what you can excel at to a shorter number of jobs. Focus your efforts on a few of options to make it easier for yourself to land a fitting opportunity. 

  1. Ask a subject matter expert

A subject matter expert is an individual with an exceptional understanding of a specific function, technology, career track or a business aspect. This expert will provide you with a realistic point of view into the career track(s) you’re considering, hopefully, let you in on some of the trade secrets and recommend the most effective and straight to the point ways that will help you fast track your learning process.

You can utilize your network here, and if you don’t have someone in your network you’d consider an SME, then ask a friend if they know someone, or ask a friend of a friend or even just post a status on your Facebook account asking if someone knows someone. Don’t be shy, I’m confident they’re used to being asked about their field and would not have any problem helping someone looking for information. You can always join a WUZZUF Meetup or attend field-related activities such as Social Media day, Engineering Day, Riseup Summit and of course: job fairs.

Write down their names, their contact details and how to reach them in your plan. Also the list of questions about your career of interest. That will make you seem prepared and informed to the expert. Refrain from asking vague or too general questions, like ‘so tell me, what is software development,’ try something like, ‘which new software I need to be familiar with to start working in android application?’, or something along this way. Just don’t approach the expert uniformed because their role is to fill in the gaps, not to paint you the whole picture.

  1. Learn, learn & then learn some more!

Just because the 4-7 years of institutionalized education is completed doesn’t mean that we stop learning. Investing in a field-related learning option will not only help you understand more theories about the job, but it can also give your chances a great boost when you start applying for jobs. You can always look through online courses through Coursera, Udacity, Udemy, Edx, Code Academy and other infinite numbers of MOOCs online. There are also many offline courses that you can consider, make sure to ask an SME for any place they can recommend.

Based on the SME’s input, your own research and, possibly the list of sources mentioned above, write down the information gathered and add a timeline for your learning journey. Your commitment and investment in building your knowledge about the field are imperative, I can not stress this enough. And again, be realistic and don’t cram everything within a single week or something. Do things on your own pace, no one is rushing you.

  1. Refine your tools

Your CV, WUZZUF profile, cover letter and your interview techniques are your tools. There are tons of online resources that you can use to acquire a nifty CV template or cover letter writing techniques. Google them and make sure you use the most recent templates, as there are plenty of old-school templates and tips.

Remember, not to add a photo to your CV and please, oh please, don’t write an objective. If it’s not going to add more information than “working for a reputable company where you can utilize and enhance on your skills” then, just don’t! If you have your CV at hand, remove the objective and the photo, highlight your prior, even if not too long, experience using power words and clear details.

If you’re in the software development field, design, art, creative writing, photography or any field that would require you to have an organized, neat and updated online portfolio, then your online GitHub or Behance profile is your way to easily showcase your technical skills. If you need any assistance getting your CV, profile, and interview skills professionally reviewed and refined, get in touch.

Going through all of the above should provide you with a clear view into what you’re fit for, what you’re capable of and a list of jobs you’d like to work at. What are you waiting for, start applying for the right job for you right now!

  1. Stop, consider & revisit!

If you’ve made it this far, Good Job! Now you have a plan to follow. But remember that plans are adaptable, and the process is challenging. So even if you found out that the job you considered ideal is not what you need, remember that there’s always a lesson. It’s either you’re acquiring a new skill, or you’re striking out an option off your list. It’s perfectly normal and even required of you, to revisit your plan, your objectives and your reasons for your choices. Go back, consider, research, learn, keep an open mind and start a new journey. It’s always fun to explore!

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“Explore” how WUZZUF home page can boost your career!

By | Featured, Find a Job, Grow, Job Search, Kick-start

If you recently went on WUZZUF to search and apply for jobs, then you have probably taken a couple of seconds to make sure that you’re on the right website because it looks different than what you last remember. WUZZUF has just undergone a cool and refined revamp, that aims to take you beyond just looking for a job but to also offer a multitude of career opportunities tailored to your needs!

It started with our Unlock’18 event last May, introducing the new product – #WUZZUFGedeed. It’s not just about the new look, it’s a new philosophy WUZZUF is undertaking to continue on being your leading career destination, providing you with the ultimate experience of job hunting and career growth.

For starters, all you need to do to is to sign in on wuzzuf.net to feel the cool breeze of your new home page, which incorporates three tabs: Explore, Saved, Applications.

eplore wuzzuf new home page

With a sleek, visually-pleasing yet professional look, the home page is now your new home. Your go-to place to when you need to search and apply for career opportunities specifically chosen for you. Your optimum guide through the job market. The three tabs complement each other to represent the professional you on screen. So let’s take it one tab at a time:

Keep Scrolling

The Explore feed offers a continuous stream of jobs and career opportunities that match your career interests; so the more accurate and updated your profile is, the more personal and tailored the recommendations get. Your homepage is not limited to a number of pages through which you can look for the most suitable opportunity you can apply to, but the flow goes on and on. The further you scroll, the more opportunities you can…Explore.

old dashboard to new homepageEach job opportunity on the Explore feed is described briefly, giving you enough information to interest you. Either explore its details or you “hide” it if it’s not the right fit for you. By clicking on hiding the recommendation, you choose why it is not suitable for you. This way you enhance your feed to be better accustomed to your interests in the future.

Between different job vacancies, you will find WUZZUF recommending career opportunities such as Internships, Blog, Meetups, Coaches, briefly explaining each one of them. These opportunities provide you with the optimum experience aiming to help build and grow your career.

Check this out!

If you think an opportunity is worth sharing with others would benefit from it, click on the Share button below each opportunity to spread the word on different social media platforms.

Get back to it later

Sometimes you might apply to a relevant opportunity, without being completely prepared for its screening questions or your profile information is outdated. You surely don’t want to miss out on it. The solution here is not to apply to everything you come across; on the contrary, you should make sure that you specifically select the opportunities you believe fit you the most.

This is what the Saved tab is designated to perform: help you make better application choices. While going through your Explore feed, Save the opportunities you are interested in. Then at a later time when you’re at the peak of your focus, go to the Saved tab and filter out the applications that are not suitable or that you rushed the decision of saving, and complete the draft applications that highly match your career skills and experience.

explore + save old dashboard to new homepageTrack your WUZZUF applications

The third tab “Applications” is all about overseeing the application process, and knowing whether the employer has viewed your application or not. If so, whether your application is shortlisted, rejected or your contact information has been accessed for each job you applied to. If the employer did not yet view your application and the vacancy is still open, you can choose to modify your answers or withdraw your application. Through WUZZUF, you’re in the picture. You don’t just send an application and hope for the best. Knowing how your application is dealt with could give you insight on knowing how employers think and operate.

These three tabs work together to create a very personalized homepage experience that meets your interests and present career opportunities. That is why it is essential that you regularly update your profile and make sure that it is as accurate as possible, as this boosts your profile strength meter and increases your chances of having your profile being viewed by employers. WUZZUF will continuously remind you to update your profile through the “update profile” card present on the top right corner of your Explore feed, increasing your profile strength every time you do, and presenting you with insight on how many employers have checked your profile out during the past period.

The only thing that is constant is change. And we’re constantly changing, to fit your needs.

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Struggling to pick a career path? Try career coaching

By | Career Path, Expert Advice, Explore Career Path, Featured

Whether you just graduated from university or looking for a career shift, deciding on the right career path for you can often be challenging, that’s where career coaching comes in.

With so many options ahead of you, yet minimal experience in your targeted industry or field of interest, it’s so common that many people seek support in these stages of their career journey. Advice is usually needed to form a complete picture of what could be the right career path for you.

Seek advice from the experts

When looking for help during the first steps in your career, it’s always easy to take the first opinion that comes your way -after all, the matter is highly time-sensitive, and you are pressured to make a decision and start your career journey. Friends and family members will always be very welcoming to give you their opinion and share their personal experiences.

The right career for you is a crucial matter, and it’s preferred to seek a second opinion whenever you feel overwhelmed.Click To Tweet

However, the right career for you is a crucial matter, and it’s preferred to seek a second opinion whenever you feel overwhelmed. Seek advice from subject matter experts and professionals in the field you wish to join.

Or ask us! check WUZZUF career coaching services now and get a second opinion from an expert.

Job search strategy and tools

Man writing on paper - career coaching

The process of seeking support in your career journey can start at a very early stage in your life. If you already chose a career goal that you wish to pursue and have a target role, field or industry then you have to get yourself ready with the right tools that would help you in achieving your goals.

Career support with all its forms aims at providing you with a directive approach while building your tools for acquiring any job. For example, if you wish to join a specific field in the job market, you probably need an assessment to the current employment landscape, to make a correct decision, you will require information such as industry trends, employment statistics, and salary expectations.

Another popular form of career support is refining resumes or cover letters. These are crucial tools to seek any position; you might need an expert’s opinion about resume do’s and don’ts. You need to have an idea of how companies view your resume when you apply for any job.

Your resume is the first basis on which a company decides whether or not to contact you for an interview. It’s not only about the templates, but it’s the content and how you present yourself and your skills.

Other forms of career support are related to how to act and how to leave a memorable first impression in any job interview. All these questions and more are common among job seekers especially those seeking entry-level jobs right after graduation. Getting the right answers will get you ready with the tools needed for acquiring any position and therefore support for your primary career goal.

What’s the right job for you?

Another deeper level of career support is career coaching. While it is similar to career advising in concept, it focuses more on your skills, strengths, and work values. It helps you build your ideal career path based on these fundamental elements.

A career coach’s focus is on your future career goals; they aim at working with you to find the ideal job that matches your personality traits, talents and work values.

They use a variety of tools and exercises to help you identify your career goals and take actions towards achieving them. Career coaching works better with experienced individuals; the activities coaches use when you’re setting your goals require some experience with the nature of work environments in general.

Is career coaching for everyone?

In career coaching, everything is tailored to your needs and aspirations. A successful coaching session will increase your awareness of what is blocking your way to your goals. With the support of your career coach, you get to establish realistic action plans and take charge of your career with the focus on transforming it into what you always wanted.

Career coaching is known to be an exciting journey for those who feel lost and unsatisfied with their current positions in general or career paths in specific. If you’re asking yourself “how did I get here?” when thinking about your career, it may be time to talk to a coach, says Cheryl Hunter of The Hunter Group.  The self-discovery will result in increasing your self-awareness regarding your strengths and how to utilize them to choose the right career path.

After some sessions (maximum four or five), you will build your customized plan that will keep you on track to accomplish what you set yourself out to do. WUZZUF offers career coaching services with highly capable certified coaches who will help you get the expert advice that you need.

To make sure you get the full benefit from career coaching, you have to be willing to be coached. You have to be aware that the journey requires excellent commitment from your side. You should be open to new ideas, making changes and willing and ready to take actions. In the end, seeing the results will make the time, effort and money worth it!

Don’t end up at a job you hate

Woman standing in front of subway - career coaching

In our current job market, all fields are highly competitive, and not all graduates usually have the luxury of choosing the jobs they land after graduation. As a career coach, I have met hundreds of professionals who have ended up in positions only because “that was their only option back then.”

Moreover, not all universities now provide proper preparation to the job market, and students graduate to a variety of fields and job roles without knowing which best suit their talents or personalities.

Many people end up stuck at a job they hate and want to leave without any clue how to change it or what change they should seek; don't be one of them.Click To Tweet

As a result, many people end up stuck at a job they hate and want to leave without any clue how to change it or what change they should seek; don’t be one of them. Career coaching offers a structured process of building a career path and finding the job that you would best excel at, to allow you to move forward and make progress with your professional career aspirations.

Have you ever tried a form of career support? Let us know about your experiences in the comments below.

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Screening Questions: What, Why, & How?

By | Featured, Find a Job, Hiring, Job Search, Kick-start, Managers

Did you know that answering Screening Questions increases your chances of having your job applications viewed? And that’s merely one of the reasons why they are an important part of applying for jobs on WUZZUF.

One of the features that we offer companies on WUZZUF is the ability to add a number of customizable questions to a job post for applicants to answer. These are called Screening Questions, and we’re going to discuss why you should answer them and how to best do it.

So what are Screening Questions?

When you apply for a job on WUZZUF, you can get redirected to a page that looks like this with the heading “The hiring team at [Company x] also requires that you answer the below questions.”

Apply for Social Media Specialist at Digital Cloud (1) screening questions WUZZUF

These are the Screening Questions. The hiring company can ask any questions about info that doesn’t appear on your profile or CV, like “What makes you the best candidates for this job?”

The company could ask a question that’s specific to the technicalities of the posted vacancy. For example, if you’re applying for a vacancy of a digital marketer, you can find a question asking about brands you like and what made them your favorite.

Another common request is a sample of your work, especially if you’re in the creative field (writing, design, etc.). Because the company wants to know about you as much as they can before making a decision regarding your application, asking for a sample gives them a great idea of what your work is actually like.

Why should you answer Screening Questions?

So why are Screening Questions important? There are a couple of reasons why they’re important and hence why you should definitely answer them.

  • “To get over a mountain, you have to climb it.” — Unknown

Answering Screening Questions increases your Matching Score. Applicants for a job on WUZZUF are ranked according to their Matching Score, and therefore the ones with the highest scores are placed at the top of the list and have the highest chances of having their applications viewed.

Using Screening Questions, companies inquire about info they otherwise can’t know without actually sitting in an interview with you. Due to the complicated logistics of hiring (the time it takes, the number of applicants a job has, the required human resources, etc.), interviewing all candidate with seemingly fitting profiles is not possible. That’s why Screening Questions are a great tool because they give you a chance to talk more about yourself and fill in any details the company wants to know about you before it decides on an interview.

Answering Screening Questions is a great way to let companies know more about you. #ScreeningQuestionsClick To Tweet
  • “Go the extra mile and you will stand out from the crowd.” — Robin Crow

Screening Questions are the first thing the company sees in your application. Use this chance to impress the company with the effort you put into answering the questions. The company you want to join took the time to ask the questions that matter to the job and that makes answering them important. So respond in kind. Do go the extra mile and take the time to answer well and show your commitment. Use the opportunity to differentiate yourself from the crowd.

How answered vs. unanswered Screening Questions look in your application

How answered vs. unanswered Screening Questions look in your application.

How to answer Screening Questions

So now that you’re going to answer the Screening Questions, how should you do it?

A good point to keep in mind is that Screening Questions are a great chance to get the person doing the screening hooked. The position of the questions means that if your answers are not good, there’s a good chance they won’t go over the rest of your application and just move on to the next one. If they do check it out, it will already have left an unpleasant impression of you.

So here are some pointers on how to provide great answers to these questions.

  • Avoid clichés

Even when the question is one of the most common ones like “What makes you the best candidate for this job?” the company is still looking for a unique answer. Never copy and paste an answer from somewhere, even if it was another application of yours.

Never copy and paste an answer from somewhere, even if it was another application of yours. #ScreeningQuestionsClick To Tweet

It helps to thoroughly read the job description, requirements, and the questions themselves before answering because only then can you focus on your strengths that are directly related to the job.

You should also be unique and true to yourself. This is the only way the company gets to know you really well.

  • Be concise

The hiring company is busy so having someone go through all the applications on a job post would be hectic. Our research shows that someone hiring on WUZZUF spends only an average of seven seconds looking at any one application. This means they won’t read long answers, at least not fully. So be concise, get to the point, and cut the fluff. But do cover the point(s) the question is inquiring about thoroughly.

not concise Screening Questions

Fluffy

  • Play the game

In its core, getting a job is a barter deal. You give the company your skills and experience and in exchange you get a position, benefits, and career progress. It’s a two-way street, but if it were this straightforward, true professionals would be equated with the rest. So you have to play the game. Don’t assume just because that someone is hiring that they’re going to accept anyone. Put the effort in and pull out all the stops.

Screening Questions too direct no elaboration

Too direct with no elaboration

Don’t go overboard though. Never beg for the job in your answers. No matter how badly you need the job, don’t let it show. Don’t add your personal info (phone number or email) in your answers either. All of this will make the company undervalue you, so even if you did end up getting hired, you probably wouldn’t be getting your true worth.

  • Review your answers

Nothing leaves a worse impression than a good answer full of typos. Go over your answers when you’re done writing. Never submit an application without checking for those pesky, little errors that usually skip our attention. Make sure you’re using good grammar and punctuation. This is even more important if you’re applying for a job where excellent writing skills are a requirement. Use a tool like Grammarly for better results.

Full of linguistic errors

Here are more examples of bad answers to Screening Questions that are sure to kill your chance at getting the job you want:

irrelevant Screening Questions

Off topic

By following the tips above, you can get an answer that looks something like this:

Bottom line: Take your time when answering Screening Questions. They are what will get your foot in the door.

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This is how companies pick candidates on WUZZUF by WUZZUF

This is how companies pick candidates on WUZZUF

By | Career Advice, Find a Job, Internship, Job Search, Uncategorized

Not only is job hunting tricky, challenging, and time-consuming, it can also involve plenty of anxiety. The minute you hit that Apply button, the guessing game begins: Will companies like me or not? Do I have enough experience? Is this the right career move?

Panicking then is understandable, but understanding how companies pick candidates to hire can help empower you to make better choices. That’s why we’ll show you what employers see on WUZZUF.

Matching Score

Companies check the WUZZUF Matching Score.

Employers on WUZZUF manage applications through a candidate inbox that ranks applicants according to their Matching Score.

Employers, not WUZZUF’s staff, screen applications. After the employer posts a job, they find an inbox full of applicants, all waiting to get hired. But what differentiates between one candidate and another on WUZZUF is their Matching Score. Candidates are ranked according to their Matching Score, and therefore the ones with the highest scores are placed at the top of the list and have the highest chances of having their applications viewed.

If your applications are not getting viewed, you can find out the possible reasons and what you can do to increase your chances.

The Matching Score is a smart matchmaking tool that evaluates your suitability for the job you applied for. It’s based on two criteria: Job Requirements and Candidate Interest.

The Job Requirements feature evaluates how relevant your skills and experience are to the requirements of the job you’re applying for, while the Candidate Interest feature assesses how much you care about getting the job.

For example, if you’re a software developer with 10 years of experience and a minimum salary of 10,000 EGP and you apply for the position of a software engineer where the employer specifies that they need someone with 10+ years of industry experience and they’re willing to offer 15,000 EGP, you’ll have a pretty high Matching Score.

How can you get the best Matching Score?

The WUZZUF Matching Score includes companies' Job Requirements and Candidate Interest.

The Matching Score is calculated based on matching Job Requirements and Candidate Interest.

It’s all about relevance. The key here is to accurately fill out the information in your WUZZUF profile and apply for jobs that you’re actually qualified for and genuinely want. The more relevant the job you’re applying for to the skills, experience, and Job Preferences you listed in your profile, the higher your Matching Score.

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Screening Questions and Profile

Companies on WUZZUF list Screening Questions.

Answering Screening Questions well shows the company that you care enough to stand out.

If your Matching Score is high enough to grab the employer’s attention, they’ll probably open your profile. That’s when they’ll see your answers to their Screening Questions. These are the questions the employer adds to the application to evaluate whether or not you’re right for the job.

Many candidates on WUZZUF tend to overlook these questions, but answering them well is quite important. Not only are these questions the first thing employers see when they click on your profile, but also they increase your Matching Score and give you the opportunity to differentiate yourself from the hundreds of other applicants that want the same job.

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Remember that employers are busy. Our research shows that employers on WUZZUF only spend an average of 7 seconds looking at an application. This is your chance to impress them. So don’t waste it. Make sure your answers are excellent to make the employer interested enough to keep reading.

After seeing your answers to their Screening Questions, the employer finally gets the chance to see your profile. We need to point out here that employers on WUZZUF see your profile first, not your uploaded CV.

So what information you add to your WUZZUF profile and how detailed it is matter a lot. You have to complete your profile to warrant a high Profile Meter, which increases your Matching Score. In addition, you have to make sure you mention the most relevant skills, experience, and Job Preferences in your profile, which also increases your Matching Score.

Companies’ Actions

A high Profile Meter helps candidates have their WUZZUF applications viewed more.

Candidates who have a Profile Meter higher than 70% have better chances of having the employer take an action on their applications.

After employers on WUZZUF reach a decision regarding your application, they are presented with one of two options: They either shortlist your application or reject it.

However, sometimes employers view your application but take no action at all. Other times they shortlist your application without contacting you or they reject it without listing a reason. We understand how frustrating this can be, but employers can, unfortunately, be quite neglectful at times, in addition to the fact that they sometimes misunderstand and therefore misuse the actions on WUZZUF.

This is why we’re working on both enhancing the employer’s actions on WUZZUF and communicating the significance of these functions more efficiently to the employers who use our platform.

Whether it has been viewed, not viewed, shortlisted, or rejected, the status of your application appears in the Track Applications page, which you can access from your Dashboard.

It’s important to understand here that being shortlisted doesn’t mean you got the job. However, it does mean the employer is likely to use the Unlock feature.

Unlocking a profile

Companies on WUZZUF have to Unlock profiles to call candidates.

What is unlocking a profile, you ask? It’s simply a tool that allows the employer to access your contact information. Before unlocking your profile, the employer cannot contact you in any way. Also, employers can only see the CV you uploaded after they unlock your profile.

When this happens, Contacts Accessed appears as an action in your Track Applications page. That’s how you know the employer has unlocked your profile.

 

Candidates can see companies' actions on their applications on WUZZUF.

You can find out which action the employer has taken on your application in the Track Applications page.

 

Here, it’s important to note that if an employer has shortlisted your application or even unlocked your profile, it doesn’t mean they’ll immediately call you or that you got the job. However, it does mean you have a shot at landing an interview.

If the employer has unlocked your profile, you’ve now left the world of uncertainty and entered the realm of possibility.

Possibilities are endless, so just remember to do your part.

Let’s walk through the most important things you need to keep in mind:

  • Make sure you complete your profile and consistently update it to maintain a high Profile Meter and Matching Score.
  • Make sure the Job Preferences you list on your profile accurately represent what you genuinely want in your career right now.
  • Apply for jobs that are relevant to your skills, career level, and experience.
  • Have the best answers to the employer’s Screening Questions.
  • Consider acquiring WUZZUF Badges so that you can prove your self-assessed skills to the employer because they help increase your Matching Score.

Did the reality meet your expectations? Tell us what you thought companies saw on WUZZUF in the comments below.

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