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Article 2 - Job boards

If you are currently seeking employment or looking for a change, it would be wise to list your CV on the current job boards, so recruiters and employers can see you!

What is a job board and does it work?

In short, job boards host vacancies on behalf of recruitment agencies and employers. Job hunters like you can then search through thousands of these vacancies.

Read on for simple ways to use job boards effectively and find your next job.

1. Sign up for Job Alerts

One of the easiest ways to use job boards effectively is by signing up for their Job Alerts feature as it saves you plenty of searching time.

These alerts send the latest jobs matching your criteria straight to your inbox. All you have to do is input your keywords, for example "Project Manager" AND "Cardiff" and you're good to go! You will then receive alerts every time a Project Manager job is uploaded to the job board. You need to add as many valid keywords as possible to avoid missing out on opportunities.

2. Keywords

An estimated 70% of CVs are being filtered out during the CV sifting process thanks to applicant tracking systems (ATS)

As CV sifting is so commonplace, it would be foolish to submit a generic CV and expect to hear back about your application.

You must tailor your CV to the job, industry or sector you're applying to, if you want to get anywhere; especially if you are applying through a job board. This is mainly because recruiters will be searching the CV database via keywords too.

Read job adverts you like the look of thoroughly and draw out keywords and phrases. Liberally sprinkle them naturally throughout your CV to show you're a match.

3. Don't apply for everything

Once you're CV and details are up to date, it really is very easy to apply for roles, however do not fall into the common trap of applying for every role that you think you can do! If you're applying for dozens of jobs a day, it is impossible for you to give any of them the required attention that they deserve, meaning your applications will seem rushed, non-specific and of poor quality. You would do better to select the jobs that you are most interested in and make sure that you produce an application which is as tailored and high quality as possible.

Also as an employer, job boards often have a feature which allows you to see the types of roles which an applicant has been applying for in the past, thus making it abundantly clear when someone is hitting 'apply' to everything with little or no consideration of what the jobs actually are, or what they entail.

4. Contact details up to date

When uploading your CV do not be tempted to leave your full address as this can eliminate you from searches early on in the selection, however do ensure that your telephone and email addresses are up to date.

5. Use more than just 1 job board

Different job boards will have different businesses using their services. If you are looking for a specific company it can be worth using a search engine outside of the job board to see where they are advertising their vacancies. If you are using multiple job boards, you are more likely to find a job that is for you. So, try not to limit yourself to just the one. If you are looking for a particular role in a particular field, niche job boards might be a better fit for your job search. For example, E&T Jobs advertises engineering and technology roles and nothing else. If you are using multiple job boards, make sure you are not applying for the same role multiple times either.

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Article 1 - What to include in your CV

Your details - This should be positioned at the top of the page and should include your name, address or just town and county, email addresses and telephone number. Under no circumstances should you title your CV with 'curriculum vitae or 'CV' as it's a waste of valuable space. Treat your name as the title instead.
If you like, you can also include a link to your LinkedIn profile in this section - but only if it's up to date!

Personal profile/ statement - One paragraph that immediately captures the attention of your reader and entices them to find out more about you. Be careful not to cram too much in and remember to tailor this so it relates to the job you are applying for. To make the most of this section, you should try to address the following.
1. Who are you?
2. What can you offer the company?
3. What are your career goals?

Work experience - List your most recent position first, continuing in reverse chronological order. When listing each position of employment, state your job title, the employer, the dates you worked and a line that summarises the role. Then bullet point your key responsibilities, skills and achievements and bolster each point with powerful verbs and figures to support each claim and showcase your impact. It helps to choose the duties most relevant to the job you're applying for, especially if it's a long list. If you many years' worth of experience, you can reduce the detail of old or irrelevant role. If you have positions from more than 10 years' a go, you can delete the work experience, but still keep dates, title and company details listed.

Education - Again, in reverse chronological order, give brief details of your academic and professional qualifications along with the grades you achieved. If you're looking for your first job since leaving education, include this information above any work experience.

Additional sections - There are a range of additional sections that may strengthen your CV and highlight your skills. Here are just a few you can include if you have room.

Languages - If you can speak or write any language other than English, you should definitely include this on your CV. Alongside this, include an indication of how fluent you are - basic, conversational, intermediate, fluent, bilingual or native.

Awards - This also include internal awards, or whole-team awards. These will definitely add value to your CV. Recognition by someone else that you do your job well can validate the claims you're making elsewhere.

Publications - This area is particularly important for academic CVs. Make sure you include a list of your publications. List them as you would in your research, in reverse chronological order. If the list of publications is extensive, either add them as an appendix or simply state "full list of publications available on request".

IT Skills - Always add your IT skills. This is an area that is frequently overlooked and if you do not add these your details will not be selected by the ATS.

Professional development - Cite all courses or training under this section and not in the career history.

Accreditations - If you're a member of a Chartered Institute or industry society, this needs to be included. It shows commitment to your chosen career and validation of your skills and experience.

Hobbies and Interests - If your CV is lacking in detail and you have room, you can insert hobbies and interests section at the end. Avoid listing hobbies that don't add value to your CV or are run-of-the mill, like reading.

Formatting and spacing guidelines
If you're unsure of how to format your CV please email me at admin@polymathassociates.com and I will be happy to send over a free CV template. In the meanwhile, here are a few formatting and spacing tips to consider.

Length - The standard length of a CV in the UK is two pages. However, one size doesn't fit all and so for some professionals, one or three pages maybe more appropriate.

Headings - Each section must be introduced by a big bold heading to ensure an easy read.

Font type - Most employers will receive your CV in a digital format, so choose a clear font like Calibri or Arial. You can use a different font type for your headings, but keep it professional and easy to read too.

Font size and page margins - The body of your CV should be between 10-point and 12-point font and your headings between 14-point and 18-points.

Keep your page margins around 2.5 cm, but never reduce them to less than 1.27 cm or your CV will appear cluttered and hard to read. White space ensures clarity and professionalism.

Proof reading and consistency - Your formatting must be consistent throughout your CV to keep it looking slick. Don't spoil your polished look by including typos and inaccuracies. Always proof read to capture every mistake or invest in intelligent spellcheckers like Grammarly.

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