6 ways to beat CV algorithms

Algorithms will typically look for keywords about your skills and achievements – not about your future career goals – so try to focus your CV on these if you want to appease the ATS robots and give the recruiter a great first glance at what you have to offer.

When identifying your skills, it can help to break them down into keywords that describe your “hard” and “soft” skills. Your hard skills are those which have been learned and then enhanced through practice and/or education. This could include things like “budget management”, “typing speed”, “foreign language skills”, and “SEO marketing skills”. Soft skills are interpersonal skills that are looked upon as personality traits, attributes, or habits. These could include things such as “empathy”, “good listening skills”, “excellent initiative”, and “highly organised”.

To make sure that your hard and soft skill keywords match at least some of those that the algorithm will be looking for, it’s a good idea to spend some time looking over the job description. The keywords used in the personal specification and role description will often act as good indicators about what sort of keywords that the ATS algorithms will be looking for in candidates’ CVs. It can also help to take a look at company or industry-related websites to see what kind of keywords might be most appropriate to use when describing your skills.

It’s best to use hard and soft skill keywords in short, punchy sentences to give details about your experience and achievements. For example, “I used my strong organisational skills to plan a highly publicised, high profile event for more than 1000 attendees.” This will help you to make sure that details of your experience and achievements stay relevant to the role you’re applying for. If you’re making a role or career change, then try to identify as many of your transferable hard and soft skills as possible.

It’ll never be enough to simply include a list of keywords that you saw in the job description because, while this might make it past the algorithms, when your CV falls into human hands, they will be looking to see how you used these skills. Recruiters can tell quite quickly if you’ve added in a list of keywords simply because you saw them in the job description, and will swiftly move onto the next candidate. Plus, you won’t be the only person adding some of these relevant keywords to your CV – so in order to make sure that you stand out from the crowd, every keyword must be linked to a specific personal achievement.

Author: wpadmin

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