The success of securing a role first comes with a strong CV.
Part of the struggle when submitting a great resume, however, is that many corporations utilise Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to scan your document before it even reaches the hiring manager.
Why? Firstly, because hiring managers are extremely busy with limited time; secondly, an ATS is designed to quickly screen applications, matching the contents to the criteria required for the job.
And if your CV doesn’t match the requirements, you’ll soon be cut. So, what can you do?
Below we offer some pointers on how best to loophole Applicant Tracking Systems, and get your CV noticed by recruiters.
Taylor your CV
Many people make the mistake of assuming that a CV is a solid, fixed piece of content, which only requires amendments once you move onto the next job. However, this is not the case.
Your CV should be tailored as much as possible to the role you’re applying to.
Sure, you can’t change the contents in terms of the experience you’ve actually gained thus far – but you can highlight particular transferrable skills from your previous experience, which is applicable to the new role.
Ensure that your opening paragraph about yourself always includes your most recent job title, and where possible, include a quantifiable success measure which is relevant to the requirements of the job you’re applying for.
Avoid acronyms and abbreviations
This is important regardless of whether your CV will potentially be reviewed by a HR manager or an ATS system.
Whilst of course most industry jargon and technical phrases will have relevant abbreviations or acronyms, it’s important that these are spelled out in full, with the abbreviation in brackets. This includes job titles / descriptions.
After all, if your resume is scanned over by an assistant before reaching the hiring manager, chances are they will not always be clued up on absolutely all technical abbreviations. And an ATS is unlikely to match an acronym to its search terms.
So, make all of your skills and knowledge count by presenting the wording appropriately.
Keep formatting simple
As noted above, it’s really important to highlight relevant skills from your previous experiences.
If you opt for the bullet-point style presentation, ensure that your most relevant skills for the new role are nearer to the top. This tactic ensures that your most crucial experience is easily picked up, even if your document is only skimmed over by a recruiter.
We’d also recommend that you avoid using headers and footers, as most ATS cannot read this and the contents becomes scrambled. Instead, try narrowing your margins to 1.5cm to allow more space for you to add your credentials.
We cannot emphasise this enough.
Even if you’re highly qualified for the job, if you don’t have the right search terms on your resume, you’ll soon fall through the cracks.
Most job adverts will include keywords or ‘buzz words’ which highlight the person specifications and technical requirements the recruiter is most interested in. Be sure to carefully scour the job description, pinpointing keywords in both the essential and desirable qualities and link your experience to these effectively. Mirroring the language in the job description will reflect that you are a strong candidate.
Consider hiring a professional CV writer
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