Myth #1: It’s never a real person reading you CV
It’s a common misconception in our digital age that when you apply for a job listing through an online platform, one that requires you to upload a digital copy of your resume, that a real person won’t be reviewing it.
This is simply untrue.
While yes, applicant tracking systems are a primary tool used to skim your CV for keywords related to the role you’re applying for, both recruiters and employers will still read your CV if they’re at all interested in your application.
As a result of this misconception, however, job seekers end up cramming loads of keywords into their CVs, making them repetitive and unoriginal - and recruiters bored and unimpressed - meaning you never move to the next stage.
Myth #2: Having one great CV will work for all applications
We hate to break it to you, but sending the exact same CV to all job listings won’t ever get you the job you’re looking for. It’s not a ‘one size fits all’ kind of thing.
Each job listing has its own specifications and requirements that are expected from the right candidate. Therefore, it’s imperative that you spend some time researching both the role and the company you’re applying to, as well as adjusting your CV to fit the requirements of the job description.
According to Forbes, payment processing expert at Payment Depot, Chris Waltenbaugh, states, “For me, the resumes that stand out are the ones that show the person has taken time to think about the position in which they’re applying and carefully crafted a document that demonstrates their understanding and what’s unique about them that will bring value to the job.”
That said, recruiters are trained to quickly scan and filter through CVs to identify which candidates are truly interested and passionate about the role and who is just sending their CV to any organisation in hopes that they’ll get hired.
Take it from us - and Chris: your chances of securing a job will drastically increase if you focus on perfecting your CV for two or three different job listings (with the relevant keywords) rather than sending the same CV to ten or fifteen job listings.
No two jobs are the same, so no two applications should be either.