How to Get Your CV Noticed by the Right People

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So, you’ve decided it’s time to find a new job and you’ve created a killer CV to help you do it.

Now you need to elevate your job search and ensure your CV is being seen by the people who’ll give you access to the role of your dreams. But how can you do this?

With so much competition for the top roles, it’s essential to get in the mindset of a marketer and ensure your CV is being seen by the right people.

In the guide below, we’ll look at five ways you can get your CV noticed and secure yourself that all-important interview.

How to Get Your CV Noticed by the Right People

Start with a strong CV

Before your CV is seen, you need to make sure it’s up to scratch. This means choosing a clear and concise layout which enables the recruiter to quickly find the information they need.

Be sure to highlight your relevant key skills, top achievements, qualifications and previous work experience. Also, use keywords and skills from the job description throughout, to prove to the recruiter that you’re a good fit for the role.

Additionally, before you do anything with your CV, you need to make sure you’ve proofread it several times. If you submit an application that is full of mistakes, you might stand out – but for all the wrong reasons!

Sign up to job boards

Once you’ve written a strong CV, it’s time to start putting it out there. One of the best ways to find the best roles and get noticed is by signing up to job boards.

It might sound simple, but most candidates don’t utilise this trick – and recruiters often use the sites to search for potential hires.

Simply register for your chosen job board(s) and upload a generic version of your CV. You can even sign up for email alerts from each job board, so relevant roles are sent straight to your inbox as soon as they’re live.

Go to a recruitment agency

In today’s digital world, it might seem a little outdated (and sometimes daunting) to meet with recruiters face-to-face. But this can be a highly beneficial way to get your CV in front of the right people.

Their job is to find you a job, so it’s in their best interest to work closely with you and get your CV out to the right employers!

If you do decide to meet with a recruiter, treat it like an interview. Go along with a copy of your CV, make sure you’re looking smart and be confident in your abilities. The better the impression you leave, the keener they’ll be to put you forward for an interview.

Make the most of social media

Using social media is a fantastic way to be proactive in your job search.

Platforms like Facebook have industry-specific job pages where people can share their vacancies. What’s more, searching for hashtags or following your favourite companies online can help you to find other exciting job opportunities.

However, LinkedIn is the obvious winner in terms of job searching. Make sure your profile is complete and up-to-date, with a professional photo, and turn your career interests to ‘on’. This lets potential employers and recruiters know that you’re open to new opportunities.

Consider sending speculative applications

A speculative application is one in which you send your CV and cover letter to an organisation you would like to work for, to enquire about any vacancies. This is done despite the fact they aren’t actively advertising any roles.

Writing speculative applications can be tricky at first, but once you get to grips with this it can be a great way to find your dream role.

To send a speculative application, you’ll need to create a tailored cover letter, which you’ll paste into the body of the email. You should discuss why you’d be interested working for the specific company (generic emails won’t get you anywhere), what type of role you’d like to be considered for and why you’d make a great hire. Remember to attach your CV and add your contact details to your signature.

Get your CV noticed

If you want to ensure your CV is being seen by the right people, then you need to be proactive in your job search. Rather than simply applying to job advertisements, get your CV noticed by following the steps above. You’ll be on your way to securing a job interview before you know it!

Author: Andrew Fennell
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Andrew is the founder of CV writing advice website StandOut CV. He is a former recruitment consultant and contributes careers advice to websites like Business Insider, The Guardian and FastCompany.

Christmas Jobs: A Smart Guide to Find Temp Work

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice, Employment trends, JobisJob Data, New Year and tagged , , , , , , on by Andres Herrera.

Christmas is just around the corner and so are the seasonal jobs. And Christmas jobs are an opportunity to put some money into your pocket, acquire more experience and meet new people.

To make your temporary Christmas job search more efficient, we have selected the most in demand positions for you based on some key data and labour market trends in the UK.

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Start your Christmas temp job search now!

Most companies start recruiting Christmas staff as early as October with a peak in November. The time is now! Browsing on many job boards and recruitment agencies can be messy. So to find all the available positions across different websites in just one place visit JobisJob.

Christmas jobs trends

Christmas jobs offers in the last 12 months (source: Job Market Insights).

Seasonal jobs created for you: Where, what and who

Search your Christmas job throughout the UK sorting by location or finding your town in the map. As usual, LondonManchesterBristolBirmingham and Leeds have the most job offers, but there are opportunities almost everywhere. Retail, logistics, and hospitality & catering are growing sectors these months. Do you want or do you have experience in one of the following industries? These are the ones most in demand:

And to make the search more specific, try with some of the job titles to be guided:

Top companies

Department stores and retailers are among the top recruiters in Christmas time. Debehmans and QD Stores are in the list. Delivery services, such as Royal Mail, and beauty stores positions are also topping the ranking.

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And one last tip: start the search as soon as possible, be flexible, and prepare to start ASAP… Enjoy your Christmas job!

*Source: Job Market Insights

7 Personal Traits That May Hinder Career Advancement

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice, Working life and tagged , , , on by Andres Herrera.

If you’re career oriented and wish to achieve great things in your life, you might be thinking that you have certain qualities which hold you back more than allow you to progress. The truth is that there are indeed some personal traits which can make a person less productive and efficient in their job.

Understanding and recognizing these traits is the first step to starting to change them for the better. Here are some personal traits that could hinder career advancement, and some tips on how you can make them work in your advantage and achieve your professional goals.

Personal traits

1. Procrastination

One of the personal traits that can really set a person behind on schedule is procrastination. This can be a result of many different things though. Instead of jumping straight in and attributing this trait to pure laziness, you should keep in mind that not every procrastinator is lazy.

Not enjoying the work you’re doing is more often than you can imagine and it can cause even the best professionals to slack off and postpone their job until the very last minute. A career change or a reevaluation or your skills and expectations from your job could really help you see this issue from a different perspective and solve it once and for all.

2. Lack of focus

Due to the time and day we live in, we are constantly surrounded by obligations and problems. This can very often be a reason for us to lose focus, even when we’re doing something important. It can cause to forget things about your job that make it important and therefore miss some milestones which could help turn your career around.

In order to solve this, you will have to learn how to prioritize your problems and tasks for each day. Knowing where to begin will help you stay more focused and will allow you to tackle each task methodically.

3. Aggressiveness

When you have to work with other people, you will have to know how to respect each other’s boundaries and be polite to be able to effectively communicate with them. Always keep in mind that not every person you work with will be as smart or as good at their job as you are. Being aggressive will only make you look like the bad guy in your business.

If people can’t keep up with your expectations, you can’t become aggressive and force your working style and opinions on others. You will lose many opportunities as people will consider you difficult to work with and will avoid chances of coming in contact with you just for that sole reason.

4. Perfectionism

There is both a good and a bad side to being a perfectionist. On the one hand, you will be able to always produce work which will be of the best quality, free of any errors and always submit it on time. On the other hand, though, you will constantly be stressed and under pressure, doubting yourself and your abilities as nothing you create will ever be good enough.

When you progress in your professional career and you get to gain more working experience, it is very easy to see how much you know compared to when you started. This should give you the motivation to stop worrying too much about quality and focus on learning new things which could help you elevate your work without too much effort.

5. Pessimism

Does it seem like no matter how hard you work you don’t manage to make much progress in your field of work? Your negative attitude could very well be the reason why you are holding yourself back. While being arrogant and overconfident is not a good thing, you should give credit to yourself when you do something well.

Acknowledging your hard work and your successes is essential for you to continue making progress. Turn your pessimism into optimism, and keep reminding yourself that as long as you work hard, everything will turn out okay in the end and you will be able to reach all of your goals.

6. Individualism

Working with others can be tough but it is an essential part of making progress in your career. Even if your profession in a lonely one, you should still keep your contacts active and network in order to have people around when you need them.

Individualism is a trait that can alienate you from valuable contacts which you will need to book more jobs and progress in your field.

7. Lack of confidence

There are many talented people out there who could go very far but they sadly lack the confidence to help them succeed. If you find yourself in this percentage, you should make sure to start working towards boosting your confidence. As impossible as that might seem, there are plenty of ways to do so.

You can ask people you trust for their opinion on your work and use their feedback productively. Negative comments will always be present, but as long as you remind yourself that they’re a necessary part of your progress as a professional, you will be able to gain some much-needed confidence.

Old habits die hard, but the change is worth it

While it might seem impossible to change some personal traits you might have had your entire life, you will be able to do so as long as you’re dedicated. Working hard on yourself and doing everything you can to succeed in your chosen field of work will be the best guides towards your advancement.

Which personal traits would you like to change for yourself?

Author: Estelle Liotard
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Estelle is a seasoned content writer and a blogger, with years of experience in different fields of marketing. She is a senior writer at WoWGrade and a content editor at Studicus, and loves every second of it. Her passion is teaching people how to overcome digital marketing obstacles and help businesses communicate their messages to their customers.

Recruitment Chatbots: ‘You talking to me?’

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice, Job interviews and tagged , , , , , , , , on by Andres Herrera.

AI-powered chatbots are everywhere. You’ve probably met them when buying a flight ticket or solving a problem with your bank account. Lately, they have transformed our consumer experience. And now recruitment chatbots are taking over some relevant aspects of the hiring processes, specially in pre-screening or pre-qualification tests.

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Like any other chatbot, it is a software designed to conduct a conversation, understand human language, and simulate human behavior. The technologies behind are well known by their acronyms, AI (artificial intelligence) and NLP (natural language processing).

In HR, recruitment chatbots are used to reduce time and help with repetitive or inefficient tasks. If you think that talking to people at work sometimes is time consuming and makes it hard to deal with more important issues, imagine life before bots, when recruiters had to call hundreds of applicants for a single position just to check some basic requirements.

What are recruitment chatbots used for?

The most extended use of HR chatbots is during the pre-screening process. Bots are designed to ask candidates a series of relevant questions for the position. Even before a human recruiter reads your CV, a bot can contact you to ask for important information, such as years of experience in a position, certain skills and studies, or a foreign language level.

With all these data ‘in mind’, recruitment chatbots decide if an applicant meets the basic requirements for the job or not. As a candidate, you should take into account that you will be assessed according to your answers, so be clear and provide all the relevant information as if it were a human-to-human conversation. Take these bots seriously and don’t waste the opportunity for being the selected one!

Jobseekers may also use them to their own advantage. They are available round-the-clock to answer queries about the job and the hiring process. You no longer have to spam recruiters with questions that are simple to answer. A chatbot can help you almost instantaneously.

Has everything gone well? The recruiter wants to schedule an interview? Chatbots can also help in this tedious task and match your appointment books.

But what does a recruitment chatbot conversation look like? Like many other chatbots, most of them are integrated with the most popular chat apps. This includes Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, or it can be built in the recruiter’s webpage or recruitment platform. Sometimes you will forget you are talking to a bot, while at other times… well, you will remember that technology still has a lot to learn from us human beings!

Have you already chatted with a bot recruiter? How was your experience?

5 Tips to Make your CV Stand Out

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice, CV writing and tagged , , , , , on by Andres Herrera.

While your CV used to be an extensive biography – listing your complete working history in full detail – that won’t do the job in the current market anymore. The digital age completely changed the recruitment industry.

Today, duplicating your CV is as simple as copy and paste, which is why everybody is doing that… recruiters are being flooded by digital CVs! Recruiters don’t read your CV in the first round anymore. They scan. In other words… your first impression is more important than ever. You have to stand out. Fortunately, there are some simple strategies that will do exactly that.

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Rule #1: Realise… the CV is not about you

I have seen so many people enthusiastically starting their CV with ‘I am a hardworking, motivated individual that is looking for a challenging position in […]’. The mistake? It says nothing and with that single sentence, you are exactly like everybody else and lost your authenticity.

Today, everyone is ‘hard-working’ and ‘motivated’ (and ‘flexible’). When I read that sentence, I literally think: ‘Oh, here we have another hard-worker.’ The terminology is way overused and you know what… what does that even mean!?

Remove these vague statements/opinions at all times and SHOW the recruiter that you are hardworking by listing all your achievements.

Your CV used to be your biography, but in today’s job market, you should change that CV perspective. Write your CV solely about what THEY are looking for. Stand out by thinking about THEM.

You see… the recruiters’ job is simple; finding the best possible candidate and making sure that that candidate is a SAFE CHOICE. He is looking for skills, achievements and relevant knowledge that proves that you will be able to do the job. Your job is simple. List everything the recruiter is looking for, making you that safe choice!

Don’t waste valuable CV space with writing what YOU want. Focus only on the key aspects that will make you an interesting candidate. And then, in the interview, you can talk all about yourself and figure out if you are a match.

Rule #2: Be the specialist, not the generalist

Would you hire a common doctor of a specialised (expensive) brain surgeon when you need brain surgery? I thought so… and so are recruiters.

Often, the company has an open position because of a specific problem. You need to figure out what that is and be the SPECIFIC solution to that problem. Meaning, if their job is all about email optimisation; they are not that interested in ‘just’ a marketer; stand out by being the ‘psychological email marketer’, and write all your relevant achievements/projects towards these key differentiating aspects.

One more example of being the specialist instead of the generalist is with the skills section. I have seen so many candidates, making endless lists of their skills or responsibilities, losing focus of what they are and thus becoming ‘no one’ in that massive CV pile. You should pick the 5 most important skills and stick with them; in fact, make them the red line throughout your CV and you will be instantly perceived as the expert in those areas!

Rule #3: Use a standout CV design

Imagine the recruiter looking at the 50th CV of the day, all looking the same, and then there is your CV that is designed for the first impression. My secret? Include a sidebar in your CV and use this space to highlight your greatest value to the company. This could be either skills, achievements or smart interests/motivation.

Including a sidebar has a psychological benefit as it will stand out in the first few critical seconds, setting the context of the rest of your CV. Meaning… if you highlight how you have the right skills, the recruiter will unconsciously look for confirmation of those highlighted skills in the rest of your CV. You can choose where the recruiter will focus on!

Furthermore, including eye-catching items like skill-indicators or a work-experience timeline will automatically draw the attention of the recruiter, making sure he can’t ignore you.

CV Builder tool

Tip: While these items might be hard to create in a text editor. The online cv builder cv-template.com is specialised in stand-out CV designs. Just follow the CV format and you will have a professional-looking CV in a matter of minutes (every CV format supports this clever sidebarstrategy).

Rule #4: Include Stories in your CV

Humans love stories. In fact, after hearing a resonating story, your body releases the hormone oxytocin, literally boosting emotions like trust and empty. Meaning… instead of being ‘just a candidate’, you can make an emotional connection with the recruiter. Simply by writing appealing stories in your CV.

You might already know that including bullet points in your work experience descriptions improve readability. But you can take these bullets to the next level, converting them into complete ministories that arouses curiosity. (And give you amazing speak material during the job interview!).

The purpose of these story-bullets is not to explain the full story. You should create just enough curiosity to make you an interesting candidate, and thus getting you that ticket to the interview. It’s simple; explain in a 2-3 sentence what you did, what the result was, and a little about the context. Moreover, make the story specific (using exact numbers & percentages) to improve trustworthiness and memory retention.

An example of a bullet point could be; “Increased online conversion in 2 months with 26%, from 1200 to 1512 customers per month, by optimising headlines, bullet points and call to actions.”

Specific, interesting and to the point!

Rule #5: Let every word add value

You might have heard this one before. But still… on average 50-60% of the words on a CV doesn’t have to be there! They take up valuable space but even worse, they actually harm your chances; because either you don’t know how to write a CV or you don’t have anything better to show!

Make sure your sentences are as compact as possible. Remove useless details and focus solely on the most important aspects. And, at all times, avoid vague words like ‘many’, ‘considerably’ or ‘a lot’ – be specific!

As a final check, go through your CV one last time and ask yourself ‘does every word add value’? Are the main keywords there?

After that, look at the readability of the CV design. Have you broken up large text blocks to make it more inviting to start reading? Are you using the same styling consistently throughout your CV? (My CV builder does this for you). And… are all the asked requirements there?

Finally, use the free tool Grammarly to check the spelling and off you go – having increased your chances drastically! Take 2 hours to optimise your CV and your job search will be so much easier. You won’t regret it.

Author: Wouter Lenting
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Wouter is the founder of the free CV builder CV-Template, a tool that allows everyone to create a professionally designed CV with ease. With over 350,000 CVs created, the tool has become a leading CV maker online.