4 ways to help employers find your CV
Some recruiters use search tools to help narrow down and locate the right CVs, and with hundreds of CV applications available it’s obvious to see how popular this system is becoming.
If you want to give yourself the very best opportunity of being spotted by an employer, there are a few ways you can tweak your CV.
Here are our top four tips to help employers find your CV…
Use specific keywords
If an employer is looking for a certain keyword to help narrow their search, you better make sure you’ve got them so you can be matched very quickly. A common search that a hiring manager makes is for the job title – Sales Executive, Retail Assistant, Manager, and so on.
Look back through your employment history and see if there are any jobs that can be amended slightly to closer match the job title. Obviously you cannot completely change a job title so it’s inaccurate, but you will however often find that similar roles are given lots of different titles by employers but still have the same tasks and require the same skills.
Use your cover letter and skills
Your cover letter can also address the role you are applying for directly and match any keywords you choose. A cover letter is always a great way to not only use the same keywords and phrases you see on the job advert, but to also give a more personal touch to your application and add additional information that you couldn’t add to your already full two page CV.
The job title is not the only keyword you can match, and you should also take note of how the employer has termed the skills and qualifications they are looking for. Everything within the job advert can be used to tailor your CV to ensure any search tool that has been used can track your CV with ease. It doesn’t matter how skilled and experienced you are if the employer doesn’t even locate your information.
Take note of the industry
Your CV should also be industry specific. In any role there will be industry terminology and jargon, so use this to your advantage and write your CV accordingly. Not only will this make your CV relevant, it will also help an employer find your details.
There may be a standard program or computer system that’s used throughout a certain industry, so it would be foolish not to mention your experience in this area. Internal and external qualifications may be really important, like a driving licence. Again, don’t forget to include as many terms as possible that are accepted and recognised by the employer.
Check your spelling
Although this may seem obvious it is still the most common mistake made when writing a CV. A small error may not completely ruin your chances if the employer is reading your CV and likes what you have to offer, but the problem may arise much sooner if your spelling error prevents your CV from being located with an online search tool.
If you’re CV is being rejected time after time, it could be because of a few spelling and grammatical errors which you’ve not picked up. Sometimes even Word doesn’t pick them up as it’s very easy to type the wrong word which is still spelled correctly. Other words like ‘it’s’ and ‘its’, ‘were’ and ‘where’ can easily be mixed up, and again may not be picked up by your word processing program.
The best way to ensure an employer finds your CV is to have your CV proofread by a friend or professional. Ideally you want to find someone who has managerial experience, including hiring. Not only can they help you write an error free CV, they could also offer you some great advice.
Jen Wiss-Carline has been a Senior Manager and Consultant for several sizeable companies which included dealing with all aspects of staff management and recruitment. She is also a Solicitor and Chartered Legal Executive, having been admitted as a Fellow in February 2006.