Professional CV

When you are considering a professional CV, you must also consider an Electronic CV means that an otherwise-traditional paper resume is properly prepared for electronically storing, distributing, tracking and searching via the applicant-tracking software many job banks, employers and recruiters use these days.


A Professional CV and the Electronic CV (eCV)


You absolutely MUST have one. Recruiters are now electronically scanning CV’s, in order to do all the screening automatically. Yes, it is now possible that only a computer will read your CV!


More than 80 percent of employers are now placing CV’s directly into searchable databases and an equal percentage of employers prefer to receive professional CV’s electronically. All these stats mean that you need an electronic version of your CV that can go directly into a keyword-searchable database with no obstacles.


The primary reason for creating an electronic CV is: So employers may easily scan the paper version of your electronic resume into applicant-tracking software, using optical scanners.  Imagine how many professional CV’s Google receive every day?


All scanner work on the same principle. They are looking for key words or phrases that have been programmed into the computer. The words that companies scan for are often nouns and proper nouns, for instance, ‘Excel’ or ‘Word’ or ‘automatic payroll systems’.


If you think your CV is likely to be scanned electronically, this may be the time to use jargon or specialist language – provided that it is meaningful to people in your own industry. For example: Product Launch, ROI, Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Sales, Account Management, C++, Visual Basic, Word Processing, MS Excel, Adobe Illustrator, Graphic Design, and Advertising.


Some software programmes are now searching keywords that describe your personal qualities. Typical qualities that companies look for, for example; leader or leadership, communicator, sociable, dynamic, energetic, skilled, team-focused, dependable, etc.


Sending your CV in text-based or WORD format directly in the body of an e-mail message removes all barriers to an employer’s placing your CV right into a searchable database. Some employers still prefer the formatted document version of your CV attached to an e-mail message, while others won’t open attachments because of concerns about viruses and incompatibilities among word-processing programs. And since the formatted version of your professional CV is often delivered electronically as an attachment, it too can be considered a type of electronic CV.


The formatted “print” CV is still vital because the employer may wish to visually review your CV, especially once the database search has narrowed down the candidates, and the formatted, print version will be more reader-friendly than the text-based version. You’ll also want to have a print version of your professional CV on hand to take to interviews and career fairs and for occasions when employers request CV’s in “old-fashioned” ways — by mail.  Don’t ignore the power of post.  You’d be surprised the results you might get using post as a form of communication.


Your eCV must be achievements-driven


  • Again, this advice applies to all professional CV’s. Achievements are the points that really help sell you to an employer – much more so than everyday job duties. In fact, there’s a direct relationship between keywords and achievements in that keywords can be tied to achievements rather than job duties, so a good way to make the leap from keyword to a nice, contextual bullet point is to take each keyword you’ve identified as critical to the job and list an achievement that tells how you’ve used the skill represented by that keyword.
  • Regardless of whether your electronic resume is in a chronological, functional, combination or technical format, it’s the layout, fonts and keywords that count most for scanners and applicant-tracking software.
  • Do not use underline for eCV’s, it can make scanning difficult – in fact in general avoid using underlining


Professional CV Tip!!!


  • Can you imagine how many professional CV’s employers receive with files entitled “cv.doc” or “cv.rtf?” Use your name/date/job reference as part of the file name for your e-cv. Example: JamesVBrownCV0403.doc.

If you want to avoid the hassle and outsource your professional CV composition, contact the professional CV experts at the Professional CV Writing page.


Diarmuid Haughian

MA Career Guidance, QCG



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