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What is ATS Software, and What Does it Mean For Your CV?

 

If you’re a job seeker, you’re probably tired of hearing that recruiters only spend a few seconds scanning your CV before deciding whether to progress your application.

Whilst this is often true, increasingly there’s a chance that your CV may not even make it that far.

More and more companies are using ATS software to scan applications and reject the majority before the prized few make it through to be seen by human eyes.

 

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How to Really Sell Yourself in Your Personal Statement

 

The personal statement is often considered the most challenging part of a CV to write.

The perfect personal statement should succinctly communicate your best and most relevant qualities, skills and experience, whilst giving the reader an idea of who you are.

It should draw attention to the best parts of your CV and perhaps offer information you’ve left out elsewhere.

A well-written personal statement is a great way to add impact to your CV. Our guide explains how to really sell yourself in your personal statement.

 

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7 Signs It's Time to Find a New Job

signs it's time to find a new job

 

Most of us have fantasised about leaving our jobs at some point in our careers. Our fantasies may range from the outlandish – like quitting a job in IT to become a professional falconer – to the practical, like getting a job that pays better.

Whatever our aspirations, we’re not alone. LinkedIn reported that whilst 25% of its 313 million members were actively looking for a job, 60% were ‘passive’ jobseekers – people who are not necessarily looking for a job, but would move if the right offer came along.

Despite this, many of us feel comfortable in the routine of a familiar job, and fear change and uncertainty. Staying in a job we're unsatisfied with seems preferable to facing the big, scary unknown.

It can sometimes be difficult to leave a job, even if we find it dull and uninspiring. If you’re having trouble deciding whether it’s time to find a new job, look out for these seven signs. 

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5 Creative Ways to Make Your CV Stand Out

Creative ways to make your CV stand out

Sick of applying for jobs and hearing nothing back? With hiring managers sifting through dozens, if not hundreds, of applications for each job advertised, your CV needs to have a real ‘wow’ factor to get noticed.

According to research by National Citizen Service, half of employers spend less than six seconds looking at a CV. That gives you six seconds to grab and hold their attention. But how do you do it?

Here are five creative ways to make your CV stand out.

 

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The Top 5 Qualities Employers are Looking for in Candidates

Qualities employers are looking for

Being the right fit for a job isn’t just about having the right qualifications and experience. Employers are also looking for candidates with the right personality traits.

Hard skills, like the ability to use a certain computer programme, are undoubtedly important. But employers also value less tangible skills, like a positive attitude and the ability to empathise.

A recent survey by US jobs website CareerBuilder confirmed this: of 2,138 employers surveyed, 77% said soft skills were just as important as hard skills when evaluating a candidate for a job. 16% said soft skills were more important.

Further research by Stockholm-based employer branding firm Universum investigated the qualities employers are looking for in candidates, and narrowed down the data to five top traits.

These were: professionalism (86% of employers indicated they consider it critical in the hiring process); energy (78%); confidence (61%); independence (58%) and intellectual curiosity (57%).

Here we look at how to adjust your interview tactics to demonstrate these qualities.

 

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