What is CVSCAN?

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CVSCAN is an online job description keywords comparison tool with instant match results to optimise your CV, Resume, Cover Letters, or LinkedIn profile with keywords.

Why are keywords important in a CV?

When you submit your application online, it will most likely be screened by a software called an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). The ATS then decides whether you have the skills for the role by matching the words you have used in your CV against the pre-selected words chosen by the Human Resources department.

These keywords are often based on the job description itself, and this is where CVSCAN can help you compare your CV against a job description to determine a match rate against identified hard skills, qualifications, soft skills and other keywords it has distinguished from the job description.

Keywords help recruitment software to identify how relevant your CV is to a particular job

Work Experience

Finance Manager / IBM, London
November 2013 – Present
  • Reporting forecasts to executives
  • Liaising with clients
  • Monitoring and managing large budgets

How does CVSCAN work?

First, paste the text of your CV, Resume, Cover Letter or LinkedIn profile in the left box. Then, paste the text of the job description in the right box, select one or multiple relevant industries and press the button SCAN.

If you have any experience with the missing skills in red, review the context they appear in the job description and, if appropriate, add the most popular ones into your CV to increase your match rate to 80% or above. Some skills such as organisational skills or attention to detail commonly called Soft Skills are less likely to be searched for by recruiters, so we recommend focusing on the Hard Skills such as Project Manager or Marketing Campaign for example, and add the most relevant soft skills for the job.

The Highlighted skills feature shows the missing skills in red in context to visually see how these words are used in the job description.

Our goal is not to blindly highlight keywords but to match the job offer with the most in-demand skills for each industry and jobtitle. The popularity of the skills is based on analysing thousands of job descriptions every day. Then each skill is weighted and broken down by industry. After what our algorithm calculates the popularity of each skill for a specific job description based on criterias such as keywords frequency - see demo to see how CVSCAN works.

Best practices

As well as specific skills or keywords, it's also important to consider generic terms such as sales, consultant or negotiation if you work in a Sales field for example. This will also help the Applicant Tracking Systems to better understand the content of your CV and contribute to your ranking.

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"I found it helpful to use some online tools to make sure my resume had keywords in it that matched the types of jobs I wanted. Before I did that I was getting maybe 1 or 2 calls a month about jobs and after it was almost daily. For those asking what I used: I'm sure I used other services too but I remember cvscan.uk the most. I put in like 10 different jobs listings and tailored it for each of those" - Teddit User