When it comes to putting together your CV, you need (as with all communication) to think about who will receive and read it. Of course in this day and age the 'reader' may well be a machine!
When you send your Cv to an agency or potential employer, they will likely put it into a database (Applicant tracking system). If you are applying for a specific role they should look at it and screen it for suitability. Then it will sit in the data base... you need your name to come up the next time there is a similar role. Your name will come up if you have the right keywords.
You need to understand which keywords are most sought by people hiring for the positions you want, ensuring that your CV uses them effectively.Think as they would think. If you were looking for someone like you, how would you search. If you have had generic job titles then this is really important.(sales director.....you would not search on that too broad) If you are trying to get back into something you worked in a awhile back, this is really important.(when did induction become 'onboarding') If you are trying to change sectors (outturn and year end???)
Do think about the keywords and get found more easily.
Here are some tips to help you get started:
- Make a list of keywords that commonly appear in adverts
and job descriptions for the kinds of roles you are seeking. Look beyond
only roles you are actively applying for – the aim is simply to gather
- Look at the websites of companies and associations
related to your target industry to identify other ‘buzzwords’.
- Identify industry experts, via professional
associations for example, and check out the language they use to represent
themselves in online profiles.
- Subscribe to industry publications and find relevant
recent articles online to keep up to date with what that people are
talking about in your sector.
- Keep in mind that keywords can cover many areas such as position titles, industries, skills, name-brand companies, conferences, software, certifications and training, products, technologies and affiliations.
- Make sure you use all the relevant synonyms, people in HR can also be in personnel or people management or talent management or human capital. Try to use each one once in your CV in case the searcher does not use the same one as you.
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Thanks to 'The Ladders' for additional info.