Gone are the days of recruiters sifting through piles of CVs to find the right candidate. Now when you submit your CV, the first reader often isn’t human – recruiters use software to create shortlists from the thousands of candidates they have on their databases. This software, mostly known as Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), needs to extract basic crucial information from your CV, or it won’t include you on the shortlist. It’s like SEO for CVs, and if yours isn’t set up correctly, a human recruiter won’t even set eyes on it, simple as that.
Getting it right isn’t straightforward. For example, did you know that most systems struggle to extract text that’s put in Word tables?
The software needs to identify and extract your personal details, employers, job titles, dates of employment, qualifications, training, skills and achievements. Primarily it does this through logical layouts and templates that remain within specific industry consensus limits. Most importantly, it needs to be full of relevant, perfectly calibrated repetitions of industry keywords and phrases. An effective professional document, from graduate CVs all the way up to C-suite executive CVs, all need to correspond to these requirements, or you’ll be lost in digital oblivion, missing potentially ideal opportunities because of poor CV preparation.
Optimise your CV now by checking professional examples, or you can of course ask us to write a professional CV for you. We have the ATS and CV SEO knowledge, and the understanding of parsing methodology, to write a persuasive, effective and highly relevant professional CV for you. A new professional CV will change the attitude of recruiters and interviewers, but more importantly, you need to make sure they actually see it first.