How To Get A Job With Your CV

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Most times I hear folks complain about how they found the perfect job for them online, submitted their application and patiently waited to hear back from the company which never happened. The thing is, their CV got thrown out by a computer software known as an applicant tracking system (ATS) that is designed to scan CVs and eliminate the least-qualified candidates for a role. These tiny computer bots (robots) ensures that up to 75 per cent of CVs are being rejected before whoever is hiring even gets to see them. This means that you could be the most qualified candidate for a role but if your CV is not properly and professionally formatted to meet the ATS standard the chances of your CV being tossed before it has even been read is really high.

Because hiring managers receive a lot of applications for one role, they prefer using ATS to weed out unqualified candidates. This is why you need a professional CV and Cover letter writer to expertly rewrite your CV to beat these computer robots and land you a job. This is why loads of people are finding it hard to get a job…their CVs are not ATS friendly.

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Below are some tips to help your CV navigate through these computer software called ATS and land that job.


  1. Include keywords

When you submit your CV, the ATS software and bots immediately begins to scan it and stores it in a database. The recruiter  then searches this database using keywords such as specific skills, qualifications needed for that particular job to create a shortlist of applications. To beat the ATS make sure your CV contains the relevant keywords that the recruiter is likely to search for. 

For example, if the job description contains ‘research writing’ as a required skill and you have writing experience and skill, then make sure the term ‘research writing’ is listed in your CV. 


  1. Format your CV correctly

The style of your CV also determines whether an ATS can successfully read it deem you qualified. Follow the points below:

  • Submit your CV as a Word document and avoid PDFs (unless requested).
  • Use a font size no smaller than 10 points.
  • Left align your document.
  • Use at least half-inch margins.
  • Avoid using custom fonts, embedded images and unusual CV designs. They may look good to the human eyes but not to the ATS
  • Make sure to include your email and phone number properly


  1. Use clear job titles

ATS also scans for specific and relevant job titles so if the job advert is looking for content writers, don’t put research writer instead. These are two different keywords and roles, if you don’t see the difference trust me the computer bits does and will quickly throw away your application and CV if it doesn’t pick up on the job titles and keywords it has been formatted to look for.

Try looking through all the job vacancies advertised by the recruiter to see what language they use and then mimic this in your CV.


  1. Clean up your social media presence

So not only do you have to ensure your CV will pass the ATS, but your online presence has to pass this assessment as well. Aside from the computer robots being able to scan your social media profile and assess, the hiring manager himself might decide to go through your social media page in order to get insights on who you are, so make sure to remove any embarrassing or inappropriate photos, comments, or posts that may show up. It’s always better to be prepared than to lose a job opportunity because of an inappropriate tweet from five years ago. 


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