Have Skills and Experience but Can’t Get a Job – 3 Tips from a Recruiter

Have Skills and Experience but Can’t Get a Job – 3 Tips from a Recruiter

As a Blue Collar worker it can be a pretty big blow to your confidence if you’re told by an employer that ‘you don’t have the relevant experience’ or ‘are not suitable for the job that’s on offer.’  Especially when you have worked in similar roles before.  It’s something a lot of us will have to deal with at least once in our career.  Fortunately there are a few simple rules to help you get through the paper work stage and into an interview with the employer. Sarah from Smart Choice Career Advice & Training is nice enough to share them.

Advice from an Ex-recruiter

Some of you may be applying for jobs that you’re perfectly qualified for, and perfectly suited to you and your abilities/skills, but you’re just not getting a positive response from employers. It’s easy to question ‘What’s wrong with me?’ as that’s usually the first point of call, but in actual fact, it’s nothing personal at all – the recruiter has probably never even met you.  The one or two pieces of information that you send through to a prospective employer can often be the stumbling factor that prevent you from even being considered for your dream job.  Having been on both sides of this argument, I tend to look past the odd spelling mistake here or there or a limited amount of information, and call the potential candidate (time permitting). Sadly, that’s a rarity and you’re likely to receive the email response, ‘On this occasion you were unsuccessful, we’ll keep your resume on file’.


What does stand out to a recruiter?

A number of things –

  •  The ability to follow instructions – if you’re asked for a resume (or a CV) and a cover letter, provide both.  It  really is that simple.
  • Do your skills match what the employer requires?  A lot of resumes and CV’s that passed my desk were not what the employer wanted, even though the candidate had skills, they just weren’t articulated well (or at all) and failed to ‘catch their eye’.
  • Stability in jobs? Can you keep your feet on the ground long enough?


Cover letters

Firstly, a cover letter that addresses the key attributes that the employer is looking for.  If the advertisement advises that the key qualities are –experience in aluminium welding and experience in a large manufacturing environment you’ll put yourself into a much better position if you elaborate on these qualities, where you’ve gained this experience and so forth.  If you don’t have all of the qualities, don’t be disheartened, scan back through your job history and THINK, you may find that you have transferrable skills from another role that you’d never even considered. If you don’t have any of the qualities, it may be necessary to take advantage of this free guide: How to Find a Job in the Mines (or Resources Industry) Guide


Resumes & CV’s

Despite what we regularly send to recruiters and employers, there is a difference between a CV and a resume.  A CV is more detailed than a resume, includes academic information (trade certificates, etc.).  A resume on the other hand is a brief overview, usually no more than a page or two.

My preference? CV all the way, it leaves no stone unturned.  Often, a recruitment firm will cover all aspects of employment, and therefore not everyone knows what exactly your current role entails.  Be specific, these guys are the ones who decide if you make it or not.  You may not think that it was important that you looked after four guys when the boss was away (‘it was only a couple of days’ is normally the common response), but to a potential employer, that’s LEADERSHIP and a quality that most businesses want.  No matter how ‘small’ you think something might be, it may also have extreme importance once you look at the big picture.


Stability – A note on ‘job hoppers’

Quite often it’s seen on resumes and CV’s that the candidate has been in a job for six months and then moved to another and moved to another…it doesn’t look good, particularly if when asked why you left a previous job your response is ‘better money’.  I have seen time and time again, candidates who have left jobs for better money, only to be made redundant three months later.  A word of advice if you’re young, whilst money is great in the scheme of things, a trail of fifteen or twenty jobs behind you by the time you’re 25 doesn’t look good, particularly if the employer wants someone who’s stable.


If all else fails

If all else fails and you’re stumped on why you’re just not getting the responses that you hope for, sometimes it pays to call on the services of someone who has experience.  This is where resume services businesses come in handy.  This won’t guarantee you will get the job, but it can help you present yourself in a way that will allow you to be noticed.

All the best!


Disclaimer: Cribhut provides this information with the best intentions, but purely as a guide. Like most things in life, there are no guarantees. Your lively hood is your own responsibility and even if following the above recommendations, it is still up to you to do your own research, to be patient, persistent and put in the hard work.


The team at Cribhut


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