Why is this important?
If you are applying for a job at a large company, or have sent your resume’ to a recruiter to help you find work, chances are it passed through an applicant tracking system (ATS) before landing on the hiring manager’s desk.
Applicant Tracking Systems are computer programs that will filter out many applicants before they’ve even reached a human for review.
So, how do you create a resume’ that an ATS deems important and valuable enough to put in front of the hiring manager?
Here, we walk you through how to write a resume’ that not only scores 100% on Adzuna’s ValueMyCV, it will get past the ATS every single time. We also put together a resume’ that scored 100% on ValueMyCV for you to use as a guide.
File type and structure
An applicant tracking system will not recognise your resume’ if it is saved and uploaded as a JPEG or PNG file. It is essential that the document is saved as a word document or PDF. You can also very simply download your LinkedIn profile to a PDF and upload it to ValueMyCV as a test.
Both applicant tracking systems and ValueMyCV scan a resume’ to identify the most valuable, relevant information. It is important for your resume’ to have a clear, simple structure, with the most important information communicated first.
In our example, John Snow’s resume’ is structured simply and in a logical manner, with the information displayed from most to least important.
- Contact details including email address and mobile phone number.
- A brief summary detailing experience and key job titles and skills.
- Employment history, with no gaps, set out in clear, concise dot points detailing key skills and responsibilities.
- A list of licenses and qualifications
- Personal qualities (soft skills)
Applicant tracking systems and ValueMyCV scan a resume’ for keywords. The ATS then stores the resume’ in a database for the hiring manager to access at a later date. If a resume’ is not rich in keywords, namely specific skills you complete in your job, the hiring manager will not be able to find your resume’ when they search the database.
The example that scored 100% on ValueMyCV is about as rich in keywords as you can get. The work history is a list of relevant key skills in refrigeration, for example:
- · Installation of Solar Pool Pump Systems
Under skills match, ValueMyCV gave this CV a big green tick. If you do not list your skills as they are known commonly in your industry, there is every chance the ATS will assign you an incorrect job title and the hiring manager will not find you.
If you have a single spelling mistake you will not get a perfect score on ValueMyCV. Further to this, if you misspell any of those all-important keywords on your CV, an ATS might get confused and put you in the wrong category on an employers database.
You’d be surprised how many Australians make spelling mistakes on their CVs. We recently analysed 50,000 CVs recently uploaded to ValueMyCV and the results were staggering.
Here is a list of the states and territories in order of worst to best:
|Location||% With at least 1 spelling mistake|
Adzuna Australia CEO Raife Watson says, “Spelling mistakes in a C.V give the first impression that you are careless and do not have pride in your work. Tools such as Grammarly or a simple spell check in Microsoft word can help you get this right,” Mr. Watson said.
In order, the top five words most often misspelled are:
This is a simple mistake but it can be very costly. If your resume’ is not saved with a filename that makes it easy for a hiring man to search for you in their database, you could miss out on that dream job.
12% of Australians do not format the file name of their C.V’s correctly.
A correctly formatted C.V file name is John-Snow-CV. An incorrectly formatted C.V file name is CV-Version123874.
This minor detail is significant because hiring managers receive scores of job applications every day and if they cannot retrieve your C.V by running a search with your full name as well as the words C.V. or resume’, there is every chance you will miss out.
The length of a C.V is a problem for 33% of Australians. ValueMyCV gave them a big red cross when judging this aspect of 50,000 CVs recently uploaded to the tool.
The optimal length of a C.V is two pages. Many Australians go overboard with information and forget that a C.V is a snapshot, a highlight reel of your skills and work history. Employers do not need to know about every aspect of your life.
Gaps in Employment History
Miraculously, yes, ValueMyCV recognises when a user has an explained gap in their employment history.
32% of Australians have an unexplained gap in their employment history.
The worst culprits are Queenslanders, where 35% of people have a gap in their work history.
If you’re from NSW you fare slightly better at 32%.
It is better to be completely transparent about gaps in your C.V. If you spent two years traveling, there is no harm in including the information in your C.V and is certainly preferable to unexplained periods of unemployment.
If you are a jobseeker and have found it difficult to get through to the interview stage it could be your CV holding you back. Upload your CV to ValueMyCV today