Here are some frequently asked questions from our customers. We hope the answers will help you with any questions you might have.
What’s ATS and will my new CV be ATS friendly?
ATS stands for Applicant Tracking System. It’s a piece of software that many recruiters use to carry out a first review of CVs. Therefore, your CV must pass the test of a mechanical process before it’s seen by a person.
We use an ATS friendly format for your CV, with headings for each section, bullet points and relevant key words.
For more information read our blog “How ATS affects your CV“
How long will it take to write my new CV?
We’ll always aim to be flexible to support your timescales, especially if you need your new CV for a job application which has a specific deadline. In general we can book a call with you within a couple of days of receiving your payment. Following the call we’ll write a draft of your CV within 5 working days.
What’s the process to write my CV?
We’ll book a call with you, which lasts about an hour. In that time we’ll talk to you about your previous career history, your skills, experience and achievements, and what kinds of roles you’re going to be applying for. Following the call we’ll use the information to either update your current CV, or write a new CV for you from scratch. We’ll send a draft of your new CV to you within 5 working days for you to review. If there are any changes you’d like made we’ll amend your CV until you’re completely happy with it. Finally, we’ll send you the approved version of your CV in Word and PDF.
What makes a CV stand out to an employer?
On average, a recruiter decides within a couple of seconds if you offer what they’re looking for. Therefore your CV needs to be easy to read, with all the key information set out clearly. It should highlight those areas of your skills and experience that the employer is asking for in the kinds of roles you’re applying for.
For more information read our blog “Top Tips to Improve Your CV“
Do I need a cover letter?
Not all applications will ask for a cover letter, but it’s a good way to introduce yourself quickly to a potential employer and highlight your key skills, experience and achievements. A good cover letter should encourage the person reading it to want to find out more about you from your CV.
If you didn’t find the answer to your question, please let us know and we’ll be happy to help.