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Why Keywords in your CV are so Important for your Job Search

2016-01-25 09:00:00 +0000 by Kellie-Anne Molloy

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Just like we have to customise and adjust our content for you, our readers – Jobseekers now-a-days must do the same for recruiters if they want to be found in a candidate search. 

Recruiters sometimes get a bad name for skimming CV’s and it is said that we recruiters only spend on average, 6 secs per CV to see whether we want to go further or not with you job application. Some recruiters may do this but can you blame them?

Recruiters have a number of positions to fill in any given month but there simply isn’t enough hours in the day to read through every CV.

So what do Recruiters do?

In a way we can act somewhat like Digital Marketers would and go on a Keywords Search. In today’s world recruiters will use special ‘code’ to help them find viable jobseekers and this helps them sieve through thousands of CV’s at a time to find what they are looking for.

This code is made up of a number of ‘Keywords’ or ‘Phrases’ that a person may use to describe the past or current job in their CV, for example if you were a Marketing Manager and a recruiter was looking for you, the best thing to do would be to have Keywords like ‘SEO’ ‘PPC’ and even ‘Social Media’ because these would be the words that we would use in our code to find you.

If you don’t have these Keywords and you left your CV vague in your descriptions, you could be missing out on some amazing multilingual job opportunities abroad.

Why do we do this?

  • It Saves time – it helps us draw out the right jobseeker for the right language job abroad – because at Careertrotter we won’t just call you up for any random language job. We like to do our homework first so that when we call, it’s a language job that you will definitely want to talk about.

How can you get on the Keywords Train?

If you are on the job hunt and you know what type of language job you wish to go for…

  • Search online –Look at what recruiters and employers have on their job descriptions look out for their keywords and put them in your CV when you are describing past work in that industry.
  • Use Jargon –This is probably the only time using jargon will be permitted – because we don’t want you to be vague we want it all. If you are looking for a Marketing job, DON’T just use the word marketing (it’s too vague) use descriptor words. Like we said words like ‘AdWords’ ‘SEO’ and ‘PPC’. Using words like this will help us find you. 
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