How to write a CV that gets shortlisted by both robots and humans

By: Kudzai Derera | Posted On: 2021-06-08 05:37:47 | Updated On: 2021-10-27 09:46:30 | Views: 2782




Coming up with the perfect CV may be a daunting task, but it pays off, especially in this digital era. Getting your CV right is very important when you are job hunting. Even though you should customise your CV depending on the position you want to apply for, a familiar structure is critical to follow for your CV to pass through the many robots before it gets to the humans for shortlisting. This is a short simplified guide with a sample CV structure you can follow to help you land that dream job.


articles in content ad
Latest Salary Survey Reports

Latest salary survey reports

Start Using Up-to-Date Relevant Data to Make Better HR Decisions


What is a CV?

A CV is short for Curriculum Vitae, containing a summary of one's experience and skills. A typical CV for entry-level roles should be at most two pages, and the middle-level candidates might be longer.

 

What is the difference between CV and resume?

Depending on where you are from, resumes and CVs are usually the same. However, in the United States, resumes are generally competency-based, which are personal marketing documents intended to showcase one's skills. In contrast, CVs are credential-based, providing a comprehensive listing of a person's education, certifications, research experience, and professional affiliations or memberships.

 

What to include in your CV?

A CV should typically include personal information, education, technical skills, key achievements, work experience, and references. In addition, research and teaching experience, publications, grants and fellowships, professional associations and licenses, awards, and other information relevant to the position you are applying for can be included. Finally, you must make a list of all your background information organised into different categories. But you should also be aware of the words that should never feature in your CV.

 

A sample CV structure

The following is a sample CV structure you can follow to improve your CV and increase your chances of being shortlisted by both the robots and the humans:

 

A sample CV structure

A sample CV structure

 

The above sample can be downloaded here. In addition, you can select a suitable CV template from the various Microsoft Word or Canva CV templates which you can use to write your CV following the sample structure provided above.

 

Microsoft Word sample CV templates

Canva Resume Templates

 

Wrapping it up…

Research says that recruiters look at CVs for up to 6 seconds on average; however, robots take even fewer seconds. This is why it is essential to write your CV for both the robots and the humans so that your CV gets past the recruitment systems and grabs the human's attention. Ensure you use the correct format for your CV that will appeal to both the software and the company's HR. Don't short-change yourself. Start editing your CV for your next job application.

 

Kudzai Derera is the Business Systems Manager at Industrial Psychology Consultants (Pvt) Ltd, a management and human resources consulting firm.

LinkedIn: https://zw.linkedin.com/in/kudzaiderera  

Phone: +263 242 481946-48/481950

Mobile: +263 773 523 084

Email: kudzai@ipcconsultants.com  

Main Website: www.ipcconsultants.com

 

For more updates on jobs and scholarships join our WhatsApp groups and Follow Us on Twitter

Kudzai Derera
   



Related Articles


  • How To Choose A Referee For Your CV

    Introduction A CV, short for curriculum vitae, means “course of life”. It is a detailed document highlighting your professional and academic history. CVs include information such as work experience, achievements, and awards, scholarships, or grants ...

    Views: 767

    By Sifiso Dingani

    Share article with collegues:          
  • The 6 Things you Should Avoid When Writing Curriculum Vitae(CV)

    This paper seeks to highlight some of the grave mistakes you must guard against when writing your CV. Below is a host of factors among other factors that you need to guard against when writing ...

    Views: 1534

    By Newturn Wikirefu

    Share article with collegues:          
  • Preparing for a job interview

    This article will take you through all the steps you need to take as you prepare for a job interview. I am sharing over 20 years’ of my work experience in mainstream human resources and HR ...

    Views: 5168

    By Memory Nguwi

    Share article with collegues:          
  • Job Hunting Tips In a Country With High Unemployment Levels

    You may describe yourself as the ideal employee,   one that no employer can not afford to let go. You come to work early, you are resourceful, industrious and you take initiative at every turn. You ...

    Views: 709

    By Lindah Mavengere

    Share article with collegues:          
  • Job Search Tips: Everything You Need To Know

    A job search can be stressful and overwhelming, especially during this COVID 19 pandemic. With most companies not operating, some closing down, and retrenching, you may even question whether it makes sense to continue to apply ...

    Views: 1672

    By Tatenda Sayenda

    Share article with collegues: