CV-Library is home to over 7,000 recruiters. Here are some tips on how to make your CV stand out and how to attract recruiters to you.
It’s all about the key words
Including as many relevant key words as possible near the top of your CV will mean your profile could rank higher than others in recruiter searches. If you’re not sure what your key words should be, think about using the most basic terms to describe your job and industry. You could also look at job adverts for the type of role you’re looking for and try to mimic the language utilised there.
Make your aims explicit
If you are only interested in looking for a specific type of role, then state this at the top of your CV. If there’s something you’re really not interested in, make a note of that, too. Write down your salary requirements, the locations you could work in, and whether you’re looking for contract or permanent roles. This will save you – and potential recruiters – a lot of time, as many preliminary conversations are aimed at identifying basic requirements before discussing specific job opportunities.
Think about your contact details
If it’s generally not going to be viable for you to pick up your phone during the working day, then maybe it’s best to keep your phone number off of your CV. If you’re available to take calls in the morning or over lunch, state the hours of your availability so interested recruiters can know when to call you. Creating a new email address for your job hunt can be a good way of keeping on top of written communication, too.
Don’t spread yourself too thin
If you’re planning to join job boards, it’s a good idea to try one at a time and see what results you yield. It is easy to underestimate the volume of recruiter contact your profile may attract. Think realistically about the amount of time you have to dedicate to job hunting and whether it could be best to aim for quality over quantity.
Be nice to recruiters, even when they’re wrong
Maintain a friendly demeanour whilst on the phone to all recruiters. If they’re not hitting the mark with the roles they’re suggesting, politely explain what it is you’re looking for so they can get a better idea. You can save their number into your phone and then decide whether you want to speak with them directly next time they call – they will leave a message if not. There’s no use in burning bridges as you never know who will get in touch about that perfect role.
If you’ve done all of this and you’re still getting contacted about irrelevant roles, then maybe it’s time to reassess how well your CV reflects your experience and goals. Check out the CV-Library guide to writing a successful CV.