When searching for a new job opportunity – there are two main strategies that we use. The first one is to search for job vacancies ourselves using the search criteria that the job board has to offer, and apply for the job vacancies we are interested in.
When searching for a new job opportunity – there are two main strategies that we use. The first one is to search for job vacancies ourselves using the search criteria that the job board has to offer, and apply for the job vacancies we are interested in. The second, is to create a candidate profile on a job board, upload a CV and ensure that it’s available for recruiters and employers to find when recruiting for new employees.
CV database searches are very much like a job search engine – you type in the region, salary, keywords and sector, and the search engine will return a list of CV’s which are most relevant to your search.
However you must remember, universal job boards are broader and are so vast that your CV profile will be only one of the hundreds of thousands, within the CV database. Therefore it’s possible that your CV may never return from some searches that are performed. On the other hand, your CV could possibly return first from searches that are carried out on smaller scale, more niche job boards– as there will be a lot less CV profiles on their database.
Therefore, you must ensure your CV stands out from the rest, in order to be found on a CV database.
All job boards are different, and specialise in certain sectors and regions more than others. So see below 5 generic tips suitable for all CV databases:
1. Ensure your CV is saved as a PDF document or a Word document – not an image file such as JPEG
Most CV databases will analyse the data on your CV in order to work. If your CV is saved as a JPEG as appose to a standard Word document or PDF document, the parcer won’t be able to select the information required, meaning it’s unlikely your CV file will be found during a database search.
2. Include your location
It’s almost guaranteed that when an employer is searching for a candidate, they will search for your location or region - unless of course the role is Nationwide or International. Therefore always ensure you state your current residence, include your city and region – a location that you would consider relocating to - any cities or towns that you are commutable to. This will help your CV appear in more searches.
3. Include buzz words and previous job roles
Many CV search engines are Boolean operated – AND, OR and NOT are used to refine the search results. For example: “Scotland” AND “Sales” AND “Manager” OR “Representative” – this of course will return the CV’s that include, Scotland and Sales, and Manager or Representative. Don’t forget to include ‘buzz words’ and phrases in your CV, such as achieved, improved, launched, negotiated, increased, decreased as these are great terms used to define experience, skills and accomplishments. Include tools, software packages and social media that you are familiar with such as: Google Analytics, Microsoft, Windows, LinkedIn and Twitter. Adding key words will make it less likely that your CV will be over-looked.
4. Keep your CV precise and to the point
Your CV should be descriptive and constructive - but shouldn’t really be any more than two A4 pages. The recruiter only needs to see your experience, qualifications, location and skills to know whether you are suitable for a position. Give them too much irrelevant information to read and the employer will become bored and switch off - they won’t want to continue to read your CV.
5. Regularly update your CV
Recruiters won’t want to see a CV that is 12 months out of date – they’ll think that you are no longer an active job seeker and will dismiss you altogether. You could have learnt new skills, gained new experience and achieved qualifications during the past 12 months, but if this vital information isn’t on your CV you won’t be picked up and you could miss out! Ensure to keep your CV fresh!
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