“It takes me 30 minutes write my CV and only one for recruiters to reject it”.
If you’ve found yourself lately saying this, maybe you should be asking yourself what could you do to catch recruiters’ attention in your CV for more than 1 minute. Here are some advices that you may keep reading over and over again, recycled in many ways in endless decalogues of “the good candidate”.
1. Wildcard CV
It’s tempting and we know it, to send the same CV to all job offers, given the scarce time recruiters use to devote to reading candidates’ CVs. But, think about it, would you sent the same Easter card to your mother and your partner? If you want to reach recruiter’s heart you should adjust your CV to each job offer, even when it comes to similar job positions.
2. Use the same words
To hit the bull’s eye, words are your main weapon to aim at the target. Use them to match the minimum requirements stated in the ad. Be subtle and don’t just copy word by word the job description. Try and use synonyms and you will increase your chances not only in front of recruitment softwares, which tend to pick candidates according to certain keywords, but you will also stand out in front of recruiter’s human eye, as they will give a more natural tone to your CV. As we mentioned in previous articles, keywords are the chore of ATS (Applicant Tracking System) and recruitment software selection processes, but they also play a key role in social media, specially in LinkedIn.
3. Make it different
We are convinced that creativity is one of your main strengths, but do not turn your CV into your own piece of art. Large companies usually use automated recruitment softwares which tend to discard those CVs which are difficult to read. Therefore, graphic elements, bolds, underlining, background colors, etc. can play against you, specially in front of recruitment softwares. Even in those cases when the first hiring process lies on HR staff, a highly artistic customised CV can be dangerous as it can distract human’s eye from the essential information. In short, your artistic gifts should appear in your CV’s content rather than in its form. Now, however this piece of advice doesn’t apply to those artistic careers (video-makers, photographers, graphic designers,etc.) who replaced conventional CV for showreels, a display of their work and personal brand.
4. Avoid being obvious
Everyone knows how to use Microsoft Word! As obvious as it may seem, if the job position requires certain knowledge, you must include it in your CV. But still, try to link this basic knowledge with more specific ones and complement them with personal milestones. For example, rather than “Command of Social Media” try and go a little bit further by adding “Experience in managing Social Media, including a LinkedIn group with more than 2000 followers”.
5. Any experience is important
While it is true that a multidisciplinary profile is usually a big asset for certain job positions, you must be selective with your professional background. Try to include those jobs that indicate you have the right skills for the job. When writing your professional background, it’s not about “the more experience the better” but about underlining those skills that make you perfect for the job.