With job-search sites now using software to help filter candidates, it's important to tailor your CV to ensure it has the highest chance of passing that first round of screening. Recruitment agency Hays recently polled over6000 people and learned that over a quarter have already tweaked the CV with another 54% planning to update over the coming year. Just one in five have no plans to bring their CV into the 21st century. So what do you need to do to get your CV algorithm-friendly?
In a recent blog, Hays offered six pieces of advice.
- Use keywords
- Describe achievements
- Use a traditional CV format
- Use LinkedIn
- Use traditional job titles
- Avoid job-hopping
As someone who has recruited quite a few staff over the years, this all makes sense and I can understand why software developers have focussed on these things. I've always been interested in what people have done in their work history more than where they were or where they were ranked on an org chart.
Has tweaking your CV changed the amount of interest you've received when seeking a new role or career change? Will this advice encourage you to give your CV a polish?