Electronic CV means that a traditional paper based CV is properly prepared for electronically storing, distributing, tracking and searching via the applicant-tracking software many job banks, employers and recruiters use these days. Imagine how an organisation manages to filter over 4000 thousand CV’s to cover 40 positions? The answer is scanning software that allows the recruiter to grade the CV’s before they ever open a CV file.
My career advice and general career guidance is that you must have an electronic CV (eCV). Recruiters are now electronically scanning CVs, in order to do all the screening automatically. Depending on the employer you may not need to factor or submit an electronically considered CV however it is good practice to factor keywords into your CV regardless.
It is known that more than 80 percent of employers are now placing CV’s directly into searchable databases and an equal percentage of employers prefer to receive CV’s electronically. These stats mean that you need an electronic version of your CV that can go directly into a keyword-searchable database with no obstacles. If an employer has bought credits to search CV’s on an online jobs portal, this portal contains keyword search, a job seeker would be foolish not to consider this industry trend.
To summarise, the primary reason for creating an electronic CV is: So employers may easily scan the paper version of your electronic resume into applicant-tracking software, using optical scanners. And that the job seeker can upload his/her onto a job portal that employers can scan CV’s against keywords.
All scanner work on the same principle. They are looking for key words, phrases or jargon or specialist language that have been programmed into the software, or that can be entered into an open search box. Specifically the words that companies scan for are often nouns and proper nouns, for instance, ‘Excel’ or ‘Word’ or ‘automatic payroll systems’, other examples may be ROI, Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Sales, Account Management, C++, Visual Basic, Word Processing, MS Excel, Adobe Illustrator, Graphic Design, and Advertising. Even strings of information like ‘4 years experience’, blue chip, and competitor company names for example.
Some software programmes are now searching keywords that describe your personal qualities. Typical qualities that companies look for, for example; leader or leadership, communicator, sociable, dynamic, energetic, skilled, team-focused, dependable, etc.
Some further career guidance and career advice CV tips: Do not use underline for eCV’s, it can make scanning difficult – in fact in general avoid using underlining, also give your CV file a real name, not CV.doc – include your name, John_Murphy_CV.doc