10 Top Tips to Beat CV Scanning Software
As we all know, fewer jobs are available at the moment thanks to the ongoing recession. As a result, the few jobs out there are attracting hundreds of applications that recruiters just don’t have time to read. Cue the use of CV scanning software and systems!
Yes, it is very likely that at some point your CV will be subjected or have been subjected to CV scanning software that will actively scan your CV. The CV scanning software works with all types of CV, regardless of whether it has been posted, emailed or faxed. They will all get whizzed through the CV scanning software looking for only the most suitable matches.
Today, CV scanning software is really very clever and is adept at selected those CVs which best match the pre-set keywords and profile the employer is looking for. You need to make sure you can beat the filtering system and ensure your CV meets as much of the job criteria as possible and we can help you. Our CV writers know exactly what to include in your CV and how to best present your information to help beat CV scanning software.
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How do Applicant Tracking Systems or Automated Resume Screeners Work?
- Your CV is fed in to the system and it begins to remove the styling
- The system then breaks down the text to identify key words and phrases
- Your CV content is then filtered in to sections, such as skills, education, experience
- The system seeks to match your key words with those outlined by the employer to be desirable skills
- Your CV is given a score based on its match criteria and relevancy to the role
10 Top Tips to try to beat the CV scanning software?
- Audit the employer’s job description and use a highlighter pen to identify and include key words
- Include details of any competitors or brands you have worked for or with
- Include industry qualifications and training details
- List any memberships of industry associations
- Position your key words naturally throughout your CV
- Match the most relevant job description bullet points first
- Include a key skills section and list your key skills to ensure essential words are on your CV
- Use bullet point sentences to define your work experience
- Include dates to show a strong and structured background in your field
- Use a sensible plain font that can be read by the system
This list is by no means exhaustive and scanning systems are ever evolving further but hopefully, the above pointers will help your CV find its way to a human who can invite you to an interview.
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