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How to optimise your CV for online recruitment services

With the ease and convenience of the internet, joining recruitment websites couldn't be easier! It is free and easy to join most job websites and with so many companies now offering this service, you will the recruitment world at your fingertips.

Once you have your CV diligently composed, you are ready to sign up, sit back and wait for the phone calls and emails. This method of applying is one that can reduce stress and maximise exposure to jobs you might never have heard about. However, if you don't know what happens to your CV once it is available on the online sphere, you might have to wait for a while to hear from potential employers.

To increase your chances of success, it is useful to understand what happens to your CV once it is submitted on an online recruitment database.

How does a job board work?

How do recruiters use this online portal to sieve for their candidates?

You might be asking yourself these questions. Let's take a look and explore the answers here:

So, how does a recruiter find my CV?

Recruiters will enter a mixture of search words to sieve out the exact candidate they are looking for. Their search will be immediate depending on how precise their search terms are. Most recruiters use an ATS (application tracking system) to help them draw out the CVs that consist of the keywords they are after. This helps to save time especially if the recruiter has received hundreds of applications for one position. The closest match to what they are looking will land at the top of their pile so look through the job description for any keywords and include these in your application. No matter how good your CV is, if it doesn't consist of those all-important words, then your chances of being noticed will significantly reduce.

Target words can include the job sector, job title alternatives, keys skills, professional, technical and educational qualifications which are necessary criteria for the job. Be as specific as possible, you don't want the ATS bots throwing your application out of the system before you have even given yourself a fighting chance!

Think from the employer's perspective

You're keen on getting another position in the same field but don't limit your job title to what you have been accustomed to. Believe it or not but shaking the wording up a bit and using various combinations in your CV can help. After all, a job title isn't always as generic as we think.

Final thoughts

When optimising your CV for an online database, consider the points above. If you are unsure, contact our Send Me Your CV team today for helpful, friendly advice. Our professional and reliable team are here to help with your CV and job application CVs.

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