People who want a change or fresh graduates who are looking to make it to their first job, face the same problem. How to get the recruiter click on your profile, on a job site? To understand this, one has to think like a recruiter. Here are a few tips that might help you in getting more views on your profile, resulting in more recruiters contacting you.

Be focused on what you are looking for. Update your online job profile carefully. We come across many profiles where candidates mention multiple skills, which focus on different industries. The recruiter is not sure, what exactly the candidate is looking for. In the confusion, the recruiter simply skips to the next profile. So if you are looking to join, say a travel company, you should mention the skills that best match the travel industry. Key words can be itinerary, tour package, flight bookings, car rental, etc. You may want to use a combination that best describes your role and aspiration. Don’t put all the skills in. That will not increase your chance of getting noticed. Try not to mix skills from one industry into another. For example, do not write, ticketing and mechanical engineering or front office in the same profile.

If you think you would like to try out different industries, create different profiles that cater exclusively to that industry. A candidate might be an engineer and want to try out their luck in engineering and sales jobs. Both the sectors are different, which requires different set of skills. Instead of putting everything in the same job profile, the candidate should create two separate profiles, which will focus on two different job searches. The recruiter will know exactly what you are looking for and is more likely to click your profile, if found suitable.

Do not mix skills with qualities. We often see candidates using words like, Hardworking, honest, sincere, etc. along with their skills. Some candidates even use their educational qualifications in the skills section. This is the worst mistake a candidate can make. This not only confuses the recruiter, but also makes the candidate look confused about what exactly they want.

Put stress on your work experience. Often one comes across a resume, where the candidate has mentioned a single line about their work. Mostly it reads, “experience with XYZ company for X months/years”. If you are a candidate with some experience, your current and past work profiles are the most important things that a recruiter is looking for. Use that space in your CV to write about your work. Talk about the company you work for. How big it is or the kind of work it does. Write a couple of lines about the nature of your job. Say whether you are part of a team or manage a team. What is the volume of work you handle and so on.  The more you talk about your work, the better the recruiter will know you.

Write about your achievement in school and or university. Talk about that event you helped organise or the competition you won. These may not have a direct bearing on your job, but these give an indication to the recruiter, on how organised a person you are.

Do not use words like, “surfing internet”, “watching movies”, “listening to songs”, etc. in your hobbies section. I would strongly recommend that you do not use the “hobbies” section in your resume. The recruiter is not interested in what you do during your leisure time, nor is the employer. You can discuss that if asked, during the interview.

The single most important thing to remember while writing your CV is to choose the words carefully. The aesthetics or the templates you use for the CV are irrelevant if you do not use the right words in your CV. The way you construct your sentences using the key words is what makes your CV stand out from hundreds of other applications.

We have helped many candidates rework their CVs, which in turn helped them to change industries, get a better job and make that career move from smaller brands to work for well-known brands. If you want to write that winning CV and need our help, do send us an email.


Vijender Sharma

Partner – NewID