Do we need to see jobseekers’ hobbies on CVs?

Hobbies and interestsOne of the most common debates I have with candidates both as a recruiter and while wearing my career-coaching hat when reviewing or writing a client’s CV is the level of personal information that should be included. It’s remarkable how much debate I have had around this point, as some clients are adamant that their hobbies should stay on their CV.
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How to treat candidates well

How you treat a candidate during the recruitment process is usually a pretty good indicator of what sort of employer you are and how you look after your clients and customers.  And every sensible employer knows that attracting and recruiting talent is paramount to the ongoing success of an organisation. Despite this common knowledge, some jobseekers are still being treated with.
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Is the CV dead?

Among the many hats I wear when helping candidates is that of a CV writer, and having had a chance to think about this question I’ve come down firmly in the ‘no’ camp, which is not just in the spirit of self-preservation, honest! Here are my five reasons why I think the CV will be around for a while yet. 1.
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Weird interview questions: pointless or necessary?

From ‘What’s your favourite colour’, to ‘Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time’, just how useful are curveball questions in interviews? Job interviews can be nerve-wracking enough for applicants, without having to worry about bizarre questions that might be aimed at them. Unusual questions can be very useful in interviews, (particularly if the applicant appears to be a little too.
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How to give good feedback

No one likes to face up to their inadequacies, but finding out what went wrong in an interview can really help jobseekers improve their chances of success in the future. However, the right approach by recruiters is key… “Sorry, but you didn’t get the job ‘cos you were a bit rubbish, really.” There are many ways candidates can be told how they’ve done in.
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The worst CVs ever

You would think that most people would have the sense not to list moonwalking, having a good sense of humour and winning first prize at their primary school sports day on their CV. You’d also assume most people would use spell check, not write their CV on brightly coloured paper (with glitter) or add the word ‘occasionally’ after sex. But unfortunately,.
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