To get the most out of using a CV database, you need to understand how it works, and particularly, how employers use it. Gary Robinson from Jobsite.co.uk explains how to get your uploaded CV noticed.
Traditionally, you’d write up your CV, print it off onto nice paper, put it in an envelope and pop it in the post to the employers. With the internet, things have changed considerably, which is good news for job-seekers. Email makes delivery of a CV so much quicker, and therefore easier to apply for jobs. Once your CV is on our database, the hard work is over – if an employer likes your CV they will come to you, and with thousands of recruiters viewing CVs in our searchable databases every hour everyone’s in with a chance. However, it is up to you to make sure your CV contains the correct information and key words that are going to make the employer take notice. The searching technology may be ground-breaking but it is only as good as the information you put into it. These are the things you should consider when writing your uploadable CV:
1. Key words
When you use Google or Jobsite, you type in words to describe the thing you are looking for, such as ‘books’ or ‘sales jobs’. Pages are returned in the results that contain these words. It’s exactly the same with your CV. To make sure you’re found you need to ensure you include the right words that employers are searching for.
For example, if you’re an IT programmer, you may mention in your CV: ‘For the past seven years I have worked on several large scale projects, utilising a variety of different programming languages.’
An employer with your CV in her hand might be very interested in you, liking your experience and your abilities. However, if she is searching online for an IT programmer with specific skills such as .Net, C++ and Java, there is no way she’ll be able to find your CV because it does not explicitly state the skills. You may have those skills, but the search engine cannot guess that: you need to include that information.
Remember, this doesn’t just apply to skills – it also includes:
- Job titles – past and present
- Qualifications – professional and academic
Make sure you use standard descriptions and not in-house terminology. If you’re a Customer Service Manager, state that you’re a Customer Service Manager – not a Service Performance Manager. No one will be searching for the latter – it’s just a name your own company uses.
Don’t forget to include variations of terms, if appropriate, in your CV. If you have Business Development Manager as a job title, make sure you include the common abbreviation of BDM. Likewise if you’re a Search Marketer with search engine optimisation skills, include the term SEO as well as the longer version.
4. CV Registration Form
The above tips will increase the likelihood of your CV being found in the search results of recruiters. But one of the key things that many people overlook is the CV registration form. When you upload a CV onto Jobsite, you are also asked to complete a short registration form. As well as asking basic details like your contact details, it also asks about your skills, preferred location, education levels, salary expectations, preferred job title and a summary of the type of work you’re looking for.
What many people forget is that employers search this information as well as your CV. Therefore it is essential that you apply the same rules about using the right words, job titles and variations in this form, as you do with your CV. If you don’t give this form sufficient attention you’ll be limiting your opportunities to get your CV in front of your potential employer.
Make sure that you keep both your CV and registration form information up to date. If you develop new skills or take on a different role in your company, ensure you change your stored info to reflect that. If a CV appears out of date then a recruiter may discard it in favour of another.
If you’ve been looking for a job for a while, make sure you go back in and update or refresh your CV and re-submit it to Jobsite. It’s not uncommon for employers to search the more recently submitted CVs on Jobsite, believing them to be fresher and the candidates more likely to still be looking for work. So if your CV was last uploaded six months ago it might not be appearing in search results. Go in, make any relevant changes and then re-submit it to Jobsite.
You may be tempted to make your CV look a little ‘different’ to gain attention. However, less is sometimes more in the case of CVs. Avoid adding photos, patterns, backgrounds and generally any fancy formatting. One man’s Picasso is another man’s spilt paint pot, after all. Stick with keeping it simple. Not only will it look professional, it will also be more likely to retain its formatting when it is uploaded to Jobsite. When we add your CV to our database, it can be difficult to retain complex formatting (particularly photos, graphics, text boxes and multi-column layouts). And the last thing you want is to get your CV in front of a recruiter and for him to not like your patterned borders or for your boxes to be wonky.
To upload your CV and for more Expert Top Tips visit www.jobsite.co.uk.
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