How to get your CV noticed by a Company
The employment landscape has changed drastically over the last 8 months. The world has stood still with many countries going into hard lockdowns and the economy has taken a dive. Many people have been adversely affected by the impact of Covid19, whether they have been retrenched or simply realised that they no longer enjoying working for their current organisation. Many people have found themselves to be in a position where they are looking for new employment. Jobs are few and the market is full of talent. The question is, as a job seeker how can you stand out and ensure that your CV gets in front of the right person to guarantee that you secure employment.
You might be applying for jobs daily and not hearing any response. You may have written countless emails and cover letters with no luck. Many organisations make use of applicant tracking systems (ATS) that scan your CV before it gets in front of the recruiter to determine whether you are suitable for the job or not. In order to ensure your CV is seen by the right people it needs to be formatted correctly, have relevant information on it and it needs to stand out. Recruiters look at hundreds of CVs every day, follow our advice below and your CV will definitely stand out in your next job application.
Step 1 – Format
The format of your CV is very important. If you use too many graphics, tables, fonts and a strange file format it will make your CV hard to read and difficult to scan through an ATS. Use a .docx file or a PDF is the system allows for it. Avoid using resume builders online that save your CV in a .jpeg or .png format. If you don’t have access to Microsoft Word use Google Docs. Google Docs is free to use and will make sure you CV is saved in the correct format. Stay away from unusual fonts. Stick with Ariel, Times New Roman or Helvetica.
Make sure that your CV follows an easy to read chronological format. Start with your most recent work experience and work your way down. Your chronological CV should include the flowing:
• Name and contact information (including your LinkedIn profile)
• A summery statement
• Work experience
• Key skills and hobbies
Here are some great CV builder websites that you can use to format your CV correctly:
• Zety Resume Builder
Step 2 – The application
First of all, never apply for a job that you are not qualified for! Recruiters don’t like time wasters so if you are grossly unqualified then don’t waste their time. Try not to apply for too many jobs at the same company. Often recruiters work together and will consider you if you are suitable for another role that they are working on. Include the right keywords in your application but don’t try and trick the ATS or recruiter by adding keywords for the sake of it. Customise your application and CV to suit the job requirements. Highlight specific projects you have worked on or achievements that make you suitable for the role. Use your responsibilities to show the recruiter where you have done what the jobs is asking for. That way you will stand out from other applicants. Bear in mind that recruiters generally look at your CV for about 15 seconds so keep it short and relevant.
Step 3 – Your Online Profile
Once you have made it through the application process and you get your CV in front of a recruiter they will Google you. Make sure that all of your social media profiles are consistent and are an honest reflection of what you have written about on your CV. For instance on LinkedIn make sure your headline is your job title and include a professional photo. Include a summary of yourself with relevant keywords.
In conclusion, we recommend three key takeaways to make sure your CV gets noticed by a recruiter or ATS. Make sure your CV is in the right format. Apply for roles that you qualify for and finally make sure your online profile is a true reflection of your CV.