You’ve spent time perfecting your CV, making sure it’s just right to get your dream job – but what if human eyes never see it? Recent evidence shows that over 70% of CV applications don’t make it past artificial intelligence (AI) filtering software. The use of AI is on the rise in the recruitment sector, and potential candidates are finding it harder each day to get their resumé in front of recruiters. But we’re here to help you beat the system, and get your sales CV in front of the right people, and to get you the right role.
What is CV filtering software?
Before we explain how to meet the criteria, you must first understand what it is you’re up against. When companies and recruitment agencies have multiple open positions, they can attract hundreds of applications in a short period – and as you can imagine, this is often too much for one person or a department to effectively manage.
Cue artificial intelligence.
The advancements of filtering software in recent years has enabled the use of applications to effectively find and select a few ‘cream of the crop’ candidates to interview for the role. These software applications are called many things, but some of the most common terms are Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) and resumé screening software, and the more soulless names include resumé robots, and even automated resume rejecters.
What does CV filtering software look for?
Filtering software attaches a value of relevance to your CV, and the higher the score, the more likely your CV will progress to the next stage. Think of it like search engine optimisation – if you’re saying the right words for the right role, in the right sequence, you’ll get more hits and a better chance of your CV reaching a real person. For example, if you’re applying for a head of sales position, the terms ‘sales team’ or ‘managed sales teams’ will get score you extra points.
Here are some key things to remember when it comes to cracking the CV filtering criteria:
Include these three types of keywords in your sales CV:
Keywords specific for the career choice
Keywords specific to the industry