If you’ve been following Linking Lines, you must have noticed we’re all about focusing your CV and optimization. But, what does that really mean? Why do we keep using those terms and what is it that we’re trying to say?
Well, to keep it super simple, we want to match your CV and cover letter to a vacancy. Basically, we go over dozens of job ads that are relevant to the position you want and we make sure the final product matches the vacancy.
The importance of matching your CV and CL to a vacancy
Ok, now you know what is it that we do. But why do we do it? First of all, that is an excellent question. We do this primarily for the screening software. If we match your CV to a vacancy and the company uses ATS, your CV has better chances of passing the screening. And that is an essential step in your job search. Not only that but by matching your CV to a vacancy, we show you, the client, that you really do have what it takes to do the job.
Ok, now that I’ve explained the core of things, let’s take a look at how you can match your CV and CL to a vacancy if you’re writing the documents yourself.
Research, research, and again – research!
Indeed, we say this a lot at Linking Lines, but that’s because it is the essence of what we do. In order for you to write a successful CV and cover letter, you have to do your due diligence and research.
What is it that you need to research? Everything!
Research the job titles you are interested in.
See what are different ways of referring to your profession. Do this so you cover all your bases. For example, if you want to work in an office, there are several job titles that you should look out for. This is the only way you can successfully match your CV and cover letter and build a profile that shows the reader you can do the job. You can be interested in office administration and that’s covered by the following job titles: office administrator, office clerk, office assistant, administrative assistant. And this is not the end of the list, there’s plenty more!
Research the job descriptions – outside the job ads.
The proper way of doing this would be to open between 10 and 20 different sites that have job descriptions. Of course, you don’t have to read every letter in all 10+ of the sites, but at least scan through them and see if there’s anything different that you can use in your CV or cover letter. You never know which site will inspire you to write the best possible CV and CL. Some suggestions for the sites are Career Planner, Workable, Monster, TotalJobs, and Betterteam. The more you research, the better insight into the market you will get. And this will help you immensely when writing your CV and cover letter.
Research the job ads.
Similar to what we’ve said above, you need to check out between 10 and 20 different job ads for the position you want. Focus on the job requirements, job descriptions, and minimum qualifications. What you’re trying to do with all this research is find an angle that shows you as the perfect candidate for the job. And you can’t be the perfect candidate if your CV and cover letter are not matched to the vacancy….hence the research!
Pay attention to the job post advertising the vacancy itself.
The best way to match your CV and cover letter to a vacancy is to – pay attention to the post advertising the vacancy itself. Might seem logical, but this is crucial so we will go over it once more. Whatever you see in the job ad that interests you, you should include it in your CV and/or cover letter. After all, this is the role you want to get so this is where your focus should be – in matching your skills, experience, and qualifications to the vacancy.
Here’s a disclaimer: you have to use your common sense. Don’t copy-paste from the job ad something that has nothing to do with you (e.g. proficiency in Phyton when you never worked in it).
Simple enough, but…
There you have it! If you do all of the above, you should be successful in matching your CV and cover letter to the desired vacancy. 🙂
Some other things you should keep in mind are:
- don’t go over 2 pages in your CV (if it’s too long, no one’s going to read it)
- don’t go over 600 words in your cover letter (keep it short and sweet, intrigue the reader)
- try to add your own words and phrases in the parts you copy-pasted from job ads/descriptions (so it’s not super-obvious what you’ve done)
Keep in mind it takes a lot of time to do this properly. You really need to dedicate a big chunk of your time to the research, and then again to put the documents together. However, don’t give up. It’s extremely rewarding and you can do it if you put your mind to it!
If this sounds overwhelming, you can always hire a professional to do the job for you.