Most agencies and headhunters now use tracking systems for applications. This can mean that unless you have the relevant keywords that the system is looking for in a particular role yours may get overlooked. This is why it is important to ensure that your application is tailored for each job. This is time consuming but should give your application a better chance of being in the running.
Here are 3 top tips to get your application noticed:
Keywords – read through the application and pick out specific words that you can add to your CV or application letter. For example if the advert mentions strong communication skills make sure you use those words in your application.
Formatting – Keep the formatting of your CV simple, the tracking system may not be able to handle complex formatting and could make your CV unreadable.
Relevant experience – If your application gets passed by the tracking system and read you only have a few seconds to grab the attention of the reader. Always make sure the most relevant experience you have for this role is first – if you have little experience give details of relevant qualifications.
Follow these tips and you should stand a good chance of moving to the next stage.