What is ATS?

What is ATS? It stands for Applicant Tracking System and it’s an automated way of sifting and ranking CVs and job applications. It’s potentially something that will stop you getting an interview if your CV is formatted or laid out in anything but the most simple fashion. You need to avoid the following: 1. Graphics, Icons, Symbols or company logos – that means you IT people! 2. Text boxes or…

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Latest Testimonial

Latest Testimonial This client had a CV that was far too long and missed many of the basic elements required in a CV. The 2 essential items missing were the Profile and Key Skills, which I drafted and we worked together on to create a very strong opening section to his CV. The career section was quite good and the only significant changes needed were formatting issues. The other key…

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Need a New CV Quickly

CV Review

If you’ve just been made redundant or lost your job, then you may need a new CV quickly. We can review your CV in under 2 hours and usually produce a first draft of a new CV in 2-3 days, but if you’re really under pressure to get a new CV quickly, please let me know and I’ll express the process. The main reason it takes me 2-3 days to…

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Should I put LinkedIn on my CV?

More and more people are registering with LinkedIn and that’s because it is a great networking tool, but should you put it on your CV? No, is the simple answer. This goes back to the most basic (and often forgotten) piece of advice on CVs, which is that you must always remember that a CV is to get you an interview. The 3 reasons not to put LinkedIn on your…

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Writing a Profile

All good CVs need a profile but they need to be written in a certain way that imparts 2 key pieces of information to the reader. Firstly, it should be a précis of your experience. This does not mean a repeat of the employment section of your CV but a simple statement about what you are i.e. a Sales Manager; a Programmer; a Primary School Teacher; a Finance Director etc.…

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Recruiter’s Gripe

Chatting to a recruiter yesterday I found the single biggest gripe that recruitment consultants have with candidates that are already registered with them – as opposed to new applicants. In order to be registered on an agencies books you will have a skill set that applies to their client base, whether it be in media, sales, admin, advertising, motor trade, retail etc. So your CV has worked in getting them…

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