5 CV Essential Trends if You Want To Land A Job

Business trends change all the time, but few years in recent history have seen trends in employment shift as dramatic as 2020. 

Some changes in the job market have been a long time coming. Others were born overnight from the desperate need to restructure companies to accommodate the new normal. However, one thing is for sure – 2020 has had a profound impact on employment trends, and job seekers will need to be mindful of its implications if they hope to land a career. With this in mind, here are the top employment trends of 2021, as well as some crucial CV writing tips on how to adjust your CV to give yourself the best chances at employment.

Bots Now Work in HR, Appease Them First

Applicant Tracking System software is all the rage now. AI-driven solutions for sorting through paperwork such as CVs are quick, efficient, and make a recruiter’s life a lot easier for a minimal cost. This is why companies love such tools. As a job seeker, you should structure your CV with this in mind. 

Automated systems usually check for the presence of specific industry or job-specific keywords or terms, and if there are not enough of those in the CV, it gets chucked in the bin. That means that you need to familiarize yourself with the nomenclature of the company and its industry and include as many keywords related to its mission statement as possible. 

Recruiters Spend Six Seconds on a CV, Make Yours Snappy

A CV is not an autobiography. In some fringe cases, it may be a good idea to describe your previous job experience in great detail. However, doing so is, by and large, counterproductive. 

Time is money, and recruiters rarely have the time to spend reading through walls of flowery language to get to know all the details of your life. Studies indicate that a recruiter may spend as little as six seconds on individual applicants as a matter of course – so write your CV as succinctly as possible. Structure it in a way that’s clear and streamlined. Don’t forgo any important details, but trim the fat as much as possible.

Companies are Looking for Specialists, Show Off Your Credentials

Most companies are looking for people with a well-developed set of skills particular to the position that they wish to fill. Your CV should demonstrate that you have an excellent command of those skills. The points that attest to that should be right at the very top of your CV. 

Naturally, you can include all the other competencies that make you a great employee in general further down the line. However, make sure you put the skills that would be relevant to each prospective employer first.

Tech Skills are in High Demand, Make Sure You Emphasize Them

With so many companies using complicated software to function in an office or a remote environment, it’s no wonder that recruiters are looking for tech-savvy people. Make sure you list all your tech qualifications in your CV, even if they don’t seem to be all that significant to you.

Specific Soft Skills are now in High Demand, Add Them to Your CV

Communication skills have become all-important for workers in remote environments – which are now more common than ever. Flexibility, the ability to learn, mental fortitude, and empathy are also in higher demand than ever before. Make sure you find a way to incorporate this type of soft skills into your CV and try to think of others that could be valuable to your prospective employer.

Chung Nguyen

Chung is a seasoned business journalist with a focus on sustainability and corporate social responsibility. With over 15 years of experience covering the world of finance and economics, Rachel has established herself as a respected authority on responsible business practices. Throughout her career, Chung has interviewed some of the most influential leaders in the corporate world and has covered major business events such as the World Economic Forum and the United Nations Climate Change Conference. She is also a regular contributor to leading business publications and has won several awards for her work. Chung's passion for promoting sustainable business practices has also led her to author a book on the topic.