CV re-writers

#1
Anyone have any experience, or a company to recommend for a CV re-write? I ask as ATS programs are murdering me, and every attempt I make just makes the situation look worse, and there seems to be a lot of cowboys out there. If I'm paying then I want to make sure I don't get stiffed by some yahoo with no more skill than me!

To those who don't know what I'm talking about:
Many recruitment agencies and large companies use something called an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). It's a program that scans any incoming CV's for a job, and then filters out the ones that don't meet the requirements. However like most programs it's very limited, and unless your CV's information is presented in exactly the correct way with exactly the right buzz words you get binned. For the last two years I've been trying to re-write my CV and get an entry level job I'm qualified for, and even have sufficient experience. The other day I applied for a job where my qualifications were listed as desirable. I got binned by an ATS within three hours. Another re-write followed and it actually made my ATS worse.

If you want an example, there's a website called TopCV, you can upload your CV to their website and they run you through an ATS and give you the results.
Note: Most of the "results" page are identical "your CV is crap we can re-write it for you" sales junk, but if you scroll down it does give you a report of what their ATS thinks of you. Be warned you can also only use the service once per email address and the amount of spam pestering you to use their service can be quite staggering.
 
#2
Any chance of showing up clutching the CV and getting to speak to a human? I know the aviation contract companies when looking at filling junior positions will look at folks who roll up to see them dressed neatly and with hair combed rather than address the pile of 50 or so CVs that cross their desks every day.
 
#3
Any chance of showing up clutching the CV and getting to speak to a human? I know the aviation contract companies when looking at filling junior positions will look at folks who roll up to see them dressed neatly and with hair combed rather than address the pile of 50 or so CVs that cross their desks every day.
All through recruitment agencies, although I reckon I could track them down. Might be worth a shot.

However even then I'm still investigating the Re-write situation, as I've crashed out of so many Entry level jobs it seems like a critical fault which I need to address.
 
#4
How about cold calling a number of companies in your field? At least they get to know you and see you have an interest in working for them. Also save a few bob swerving the agency fees if they take you on directly.

At the very least they may keep your CV on file and might possibly take the easy route if things change and they require someone in a hurry. Know a a few who got jobs like that. Walking in around the time someone has quit or a new contract has been awarded and they hire you right then and there.
 
#5
How about cold calling a number of companies in your field? At least they get to know you and see you have an interest in working for them. Also save a few bob swerving the agency fees if they take you on directly.

At the very least they may keep your CV on file and might possibly take the easy route if things change and they require someone in a hurry. Know a a few who got jobs like that. Walking in around the time someone has quit or a new contract has been awarded and they hire you right then and there.
I have been doing that, however the field is Health and Safety, and its not all companies have an entry level job on that. Equally according to the Job centre electronic first contact is preferred.
Finally, I'm not actually unemployed at the moment so this is a career change.
 
#6
Try Canada. Apparently the oil patch is getting busy as well as foreign sites. There are companies who specialise in HSE stuff and have contracts with many oil and gas drilling outfits to supply bods to keep them honest.
 
#7
A CV re write may not help you

A CV needs to be tailored to each job application

Look to see what the vacancy is saking for (buzz words, competencies, skills, experience) then where you match put that in your CV

Archie
 

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