What is a Discovery Call?

A Discovery Call is a free and easy way to know more about NEL Career Services, its values and principles, and its offerings. Let’s be honest; career services like executive search or career consulting come with a high cost, and you want to know where your money goes. And if it is worth spending. Also, there is another point you might ask yourself. Can I trust the other? Is my project / my career development in good hands? 

Not A Typical Sales Call

Discovery Call
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Please know that a Discovery Call is not a typical sales call. It is a “get to know” and even more a “get a feel” of what to expect when working with NEL Career Services. We will be talking about your specific situation, exchanging thoughts, and giving one or the other first recommendation on handling it. Free of charge. That’s NEL Career Services’ gift to you.

What is equally essential to create a focused yet relaxed atmosphere during the call. So, please make sure that you have time for the call. I do not recommend squeezing the Discovery Call between two crucial meetings.

Benefits Of Your Discovery Call

And this is what you will benefit from when you sign up for the free call:

  • 45 minutes of undivided attention, FREE of charge
  • At least three valuable suggestions for your specific situation, no matter if you book a service or not. Again, this is a gift to you. No strings attached.
  • A relaxed and unbiased atmosphere that inspires ease and encourages an open conversation
  • A road map on how to solve your situation (including timeline, necessary action steps, etc.)

And then we take it from there. If you are interested in working with NEL Career Services, you will receive a formal offer, including everything we discussed. Once you accept the offer, we can start right away.

And now, it’s up to you. If you are ready to find out more, please send a mail here to arrange your call. Ideally, you briefly outline your situation and let us know when you have time for the call. Thank you!

5 Simple Steps To Write A Striking ATS-friendly CV

Today’s article is about something very technical – writing your ATS-friendly CV. What might sound boring should be of utmost importance if you are looking for the next step in your career. I often notice that the term “Applicant Tracking System “or short ATS doesn’t ring a bell. And it should! Not only because NEL Career Services has switched to using an ATS system, but (almost) everybody else has!

Is An ATS-Friendly CV Really That Important?

ATS-friendly CVShort answer: YES!!! Most corporations use ATS software to track and sort incoming CVs. This software – the so-called applicant tracking system – will match your CV against the job position you applied for and then rank you according to the perceived relevance.

In other words, if your CV doesn’t match the “system’s idea” of the “ideal candidate,” it will rank you lower. It might not necessarily create a problem when applying for a rare-to-find expert role, but it will undoubtedly make a difference if you apply for a position that attracts many applications. Chances are no recruiter will look at your CV if you are at the bottom. No matter how qualified you are. It’s a bummer, I know.

The Do’s Of An ATS-friendly CV

So, it’s time to learn how to “beat “the ATS system. There are a couple of things you should pay attention to when creating or updating your CV.

Beware Of The File Type!

It might sound funny in 2020, but pdf is not always your way to go. Each system provides information on which file types are accepted. If pdf is not in there, don’t use it. Send a read-only Word document instead.

No Critical Information In The Header Or Footer!

Many of us have learned to put relevant information like an e-mail address or phone number in the header or footer. It’s no longer the best place as some systems may not show it. Instead, put your contact information at the top of your CV.

Learn The Keyword Game!

Relevant Keywords of your current role are essential these days! Use them as they will help you rank your CV higher. If you are unsure about your keywords, Google can help you. Or look at similar job profiles to get more ideas. Also, it makes sense to create a separate list for yourself to add to your CV accordingly later on. By the way, keywords are equally crucial for hard skills and soft skills. You might come across the term “power words.” Use them! I found a great list here. They can also do a great benefit for your cover letter.

Beware Of Company Specific Wording & Abbreviations!

Here’s something I notice over and over again. Many corporations have their “special lingo” that often includes a lot of abbreviations. And that’s fine! However, outside the company, most people won’t know their meanings. So, please double-check before sending your CV.

Do Use A Simple Structure!

It might not look fancy, but a simple bullet point structure serves you best. Please don’t spread graphics or charts all over your CV. Flags to highlight your language skills are a thing of the past. So are the logos of the companies you worked for. Not only all these elements will get lost in the ATS, but you will also make a fool out of yourself. (sorry, not sorry!). Last but not least, avoid table structures. 

Don’t Rush – Be Thorough!

If you handle all of the above points accordingly and apply to a role that is matching your skills, you should be good to go. However, it may require a bit of time and dedication to “get your ATS-friendly CV right. Especially the keyword part can be a bit time-consuming as it may require a bit of research. Also, I recommend spending some time reflecting on your unique soft skills. But I am sure you will get there. 

Good luck! And if you have questions, please feel free to reach out here. Thank you!