[This is #3 of Get Your Dream Job Series: How To Get Your CV Seen]
Having talked about some mistakes you should avoid when making a CV, and things you may add to your CV, now the question is, really, how to get your CV seen? A recruiter, especially those in well-known companies and firms, receives tons of CV every day, and there is no way for them to read every CV carefully. Worse still, nowadays, to make things easier for recruiters, there are a lot of software that automatically screens out CVs that are not suitable. According to research by LinkedIn, 79% of CVs (or resumes if you prefer) don’t get looked at by humans.
So how to not get your CVs screened out? Here is an infographic that will illustrate for you, and give you a list of Dos and Don’ts that help your CV dodge the digital doormen and get seen.
To sum up, here are the 15 tips
- Proofread carefully to avoid spelling mistakes
- Put out important words from the job ad and use them
- Use a standard word format
- Use proper capitalisation
- Use a standard font in black (Arial, Courier, Tahoma)
- Be consistent when reporting employment history
- Don’t use image files in place of text
- Don’t use white font
- Don’t use unnecessary abbreviations
- Don’t use special characters
- Don’t use tables
- Don’t submit multiple CVs to the same company for the same job
- Don’t put text in the header or footer
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