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Will your CV make the right impression with the ATS?

If you're successful in creating a CV/resume that beats the Applicant Tracking System, the "resume reading robots" then, voila! You're already half way to winning the race.

So, grab a cup of coffee or tea because I'm going to help you with the do's and don'ts of preparing your CV. Not only will these tips ensure your CV looks professional but they also will help you go a long way in landing the job that is right for your career.

Did you know that the days of a human recruiter reading your CV (and every other of the 1000's of CV's received every week) have long gone? It's the 21st century and although teleportation hasn't quite been perfected yet; the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) has been.

This system does the first screening process and is more likely the first set of "eyes" to review your CV. All CV's and job applications need to pass the tracking system test. If your CV survives the ATS test, then this is a great sign because it has already beaten hundreds of CV's on its way to being presented in front of a real human recruiter.

How do I make sure that my CV is captured by the ATS?
Simple! Keywords. The ATS will be looking for phrases, skills and competencies related to the job you are applying for. Ensure your CV is created and includes all these important keywords.


Have a motive: While writing a CV do not ignore the job prospect. You need to keep in mind what the job requirements are and what skills and talent the hiring company is looking for.

Keep it professional: Your CV is not a three page summary of your personal life. You do not have to mention all those time management courses you took. If your hobbies do not go well with the job requirement, cut them out. You do not have to waste pages describing your scuba diving experience in the Virgin Islands if you are applying for a job on the moon. Make sure that the recruiter does not have to guess your skills and competence. Include details of your higher education, degrees and social/volunteer work you have done.

Do not make your CV unnecessarily long: It is not necessary for your CV to be more than two or three pages long. Make sure you do not forget to add details about your recent qualifications, and write your CV in reverse chronological order, from recent to the oldest that is.

Do not take your CV lightly: Do not try and make your CV appear humorous. It should be kept professional. Acting cute and funny or adding too much about yourself will not lend you in to the job.


First impression is always the last impression. Your CV should look professional. Think modern, up to date, but no overly complicated.

Before and After CVs

Tips that will ensure the ATS doesn't miss your CV:

Personal information will include your name, address, telephone number (plus an international dialing code) and only ONE personal email address ( and your work email does not really work). If you give multiple addresses, the ATS will create multiple profiles of your data.

Fonts: Do not use fancy fonts; use a simple, easy to read font. The less, the better.

Errors: Do not make any sort of grammatical errors; proofread your CV. Incorrect spelling, wrong use of grammar is a major turn off.

Graphics: Do not include a photo if it isn't requested; rather provide a link to your LinkedIn profile. Do not use diagrams, graphs, corporate logos or graphics as your CV stands a chance of becoming corrupt and will get lost within the ATS.

Passports, Certificates: You do not need to attach any of these when applying for a job (unless specifically requested). When your application has made its way through to the shortlist of applicants, your recruiter will request any necessary support documentation.

When Applying for a Specific Job: Remember to add the job reference number on the subject bar in order for the ATS to sync your application efficiently.

A quick glance to ensure your CV/resume beats the Applicant Tracking System, the "resume reading robots".

Create your CV in MS Word Use Excel or PDF's
Use easy to read fonts Use fancy fonts, diagrams, corporate logos and graphs
Proofread your CV Add any photographs
Include keywords and phrases Provide more than one email address

By following these basic steps, you can make your CV stand out from the rest. Cheers!

If you want to update your CV and ensure ATS picks up your critical keywords, please use the CV templates that are linked below and send it across to and we'll update your records on our database.

CV Template (With Red Logo)                                               CV Template (Without Red Logo)

Or you can visit our website and look out for current jobs we are offering and then at the same time upload a new CV.

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