Introduction: The top 2%

This post is part of a complete guide on writing CVs, dealing with recruiters and attending interviews. The complete guide can be found here: https://developercareers.wordpress.com/contents/

Over 95% of all job applications are unsuccessful.

That means that for every 100 job applications made, only 5 candidates will be successful. The true statistic will probably be closer to 2 or 3 applications that are successful. It is a very small portion of the candidates who originally applied.

2%. This statistic alone would imply that only the top 2% of the candidates get all the jobs. This is not the case. The jobs are generally not filled by the best or most suitable candidates on the market. The most successful people at getting job offers are those that understand how to write CVs, apply for jobs the right way and interview well. The top 2%.

It is easy these days to log on to an internet job board and find hundreds of jobs that look appealing, unfortunately it is this point where many candidates make their first mistake and send the same CV to 25 jobs at once. This way, relying on the law of averages you can guarantee to get a few interviews and hopefully an offer.

What if it didn’t have to be like this?

What if you only had to apply to the 5 best jobs, and you had the confidence to know that you would get all 5 interviews. Instead of waiting to see which job you were offered, and accepting it because it was your only option, you could choose between many different offers and select the best option for you. This is what the recruitment process is like for the top 2% of the candidates on the market.

Unfortunately we are never taught how to get jobs, it is something we learn through trial and error. This is a free guide devised to help you learn the simple skills, strategies and tactics that will help you join the top 2% of the market who already know the best way to get a job. This guide has been put together following eight years of research into the recruitment industry including interviews with employers and candidates who have contributed advice and their own personal tips. It has been edited by Barry Cranford and the team at RecWorks Ltd

You can use this site as a reference point or as a comprehensive guide to getting a job – from start to finish.

@RecWorks

This post is part of a complete guide on writing CVs, dealing with recruiters and attending interviews. The complete guide can be found here: https://developercareers.wordpress.com/contents/

Originally titled ‘the top 2%’ the copy has been researched, compiled and edited continually over the last five years by the team at RecWorks Ltd. An IT recruitment consultancy aimed at spotting and developing technical talent with a focus in Java and Graduate developers.

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