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It’s A Levels results week and all daughter one’s friends have been stressing. She did International Baccalaureate so got her results over a month ago. She’s now applying for jobs. “Do you really have to tailor your cv to each job?” she asked in despair. Oh yes. I told her to insert some of the job spec words into the cv. She suggested copying and pasting all the words from the job ad onto the cv in white type so they couldn’t be seen, but could be picked up by automatic searches that often do the first sift through cvs. I would never have thought of that and it may be of no use at all, but it sounded good.
Technology was supposed to make our lives better, but, as with all things, there are pluses and minuses. In recruitment, it seems all to do with whether or not you tick the right boxes and use the right words. I suppose that is a test of sorts, but is that the skill you are actually looking for? I spoke to a woman the other day who had worked in finance and been in charge of a big budget. She moved out of the city and applied for jobs in schools as finance officer. She got turned down for one because she didn’t use the exact job spec wording on whether she had experience in handling money.