At Adzuna, we are pretty thrilled to announce the launch of our latest job hunter tool, ValueMyCV.
ValueMyCV is a unique, free tool, which calculates how much your skills and experience are worth based on your CV. The service also automatically suggests improvements to your CV, matches you to relevant jobs based on your skills and creates an interactive career pathway based on your job title. We recommend you give it a try and find out if you are due a pay rise in 2015!
At Adzuna, we are already the market leaders in making UK employment data accessible and understandable to the most important audience of all – you guys. We show salary charts for almost every keyword and location combination on our site, provide the PM and press with Job data, and offer our Jobsworth salary predictor against every ad with no salary.
We’ve now taken this tech and applied it, naturally, to CVs. It’s something everyone wants to know – what’s my market value? Recent research shows that 52% of UK employees believe they are owed a pay rise. ValueMyCV will tell them if they’re right or wrong to ask the boss for more cash this January – and support their argument with data.
In celebration of the launch of our latest innovative tool for jobseekers, we have gathered together five top tips to make your CV sparkle:
1. Sound Fresh:
New studies have found that a recruiter now spends on average just seven seconds on a CV before deciding whether to put a candidate forward. So, using the right language to help you stand out has never been more important.
It could be as simple as phrasing your skills and achievements in a slightly different way.
Many valuable CVs most often have these rather dull statements.
- Achieved all targets
- Led a team of 35 people
Now let us transform these statements to really capture the recruiter’s attention!
Led a team of 35 people to exceed all performance targets.
2. Explain Gaps:
Many candidates we chat to confide to a fear of the employment gap, worrying about the view a hiring manager may take on time out of the world of work. The truth is recruiters are perfectly content to accept a gap in your experience, but a clear explanation of how you used the time is essential.
3. Make Social Media Work For You:
The virtual world plays an ever-increasing role in the recruiting process, with the majority of employers now doing online research on candidates before advancing their application.
Candidates with a stronger chance of success are those who think beyond simply ensuring their social media presence does them no damage. Savvy jobseekers employ blogs, twitter feeds and other social networking tools to help and employer find out more about them – and realise they are the right applicant for the role. Including your social media information on your CV goes a long way towards building a professional profile.
This is also one of those rare occasions when Googling your own name may be a good idea – you can be sure a potential employer will.
4. Rock The Cover Letter:
Candidates often fall into the trap of using the same generic cover letter for all the jobs they apply for. This copy-paste mentality has to stop. You are not generic, so make sure your cover letter tells your future employer exactly why you are the perfect person for this job, and show you understand what the business needs.
5. Use key words
As more and more big companies employ automated systems for preliminary screening, having the right keywords in your CV is becoming increasingly important. Also, many recruiters use keywords to search out relevant candidates for specific roles. Having the relevant keywords makes their job easy and they will love you for it. Give them the correct keywords to help them pick your CV out of the pile.
If we have piqued your curiosity about your pay rise potential, head over to ValueMyCV to upload your CV!
Best of luck on your quest for career excellence!