Why Uploading Your CV To Job Sites Is A Mistake

Why Uploading Your CV To Job Sites Is A Mistake

I’m going to challenge conventional wisdom and say something outlandish…

“Stop uploading your CV to job sites!”


Well, in a world where recruiters and job advertisements are seeing an unprecedented number of applications, it has become near impossible to standout from the swarming crowd.

In attempts to distinguish themselves from others, professionals are attempting to reformat their CV, include colour, sometimes images, quotes to seem unique.

However, in reality, these do nothing, particularly now recruiters use technology to help automate and filter those relevant applications from those non-relevant (according to experience, skills, companies work for among many of the categories considered).   

Computers don’t recognize these colours, images or tables. No matter how convincing they are.

mature-professional-at-computer-263x252Being found for a job is more difficult nowadays and requires certain inside knowledge as to how these CV automation tools work. Hiring the services of CV writers will help your chances of being found in these applications, but still, if uploading that CV to a job site, you are leaving your chances in the hands of a computer. 

On Monster for example, there are nearly 500,000 CVs in their database, with an average of 250 applications per job opening. Unless you have a killer CV, the chances of your CV being seen (even after hiring the services of a CV writer) remain slim.

This is why I’m saying, “stop uploading your CV to job sites!” 

Stop putting your chances of having your CV read by recruiters in the hands of computers. Take charge of your job search again. Do some research, find a contact, and pick up the phone.

The job search has become so impersonal that (ironically) the way to standout from the crowd is by picking up the phone and speaking to someone responsible for the job posting.

If you can speak to someone, it gives you the opportunity to make an impression, sell yourself in a way a CV doesn’t convey and send him or her your CV directly. 

Online CVHaving done so, the chances of them actually ready/viewing your CV are significantly higher, largely because they appreciate the effort/research you would have gone through to get in touch (plus, it’s a lot harder to delete a phone call compared to an email). 

So with that being said, what are some tips on how to get in touch with headhunters and recruiters? 

Job Sites

The best way to do this on job sites is when you find a job, see if they have someone responsible for the job posting published within the job description. Sometimes it will include the recruiters name or email, from which you can then research further to find a contact phone number – either via their LinkedIn or company’s website.

If the job description does not have anyone responsible for the job posting, this can prove to be more difficult. However, what I suggest is to find out the company name and do some research into the companies HR department. You can do this via their company page and/or LinkedIn profile searches. Find out who is in charge of that particular department and get in contact with them (or ask to speak with someone).


LinkedIn has a great feature in its job postings where there will be information about who posted the job in the top right hand corner.

Job Poster


You can apply for the position via LinkedIn, but I also suggest clicking on the persons profile so they can see you have viewed their profile. Recruiters/HR Managers tend to check who has viewed their profile and when notified that you have looked at their profile, it may spark interest in them looking at your profile and seeing you a likely candidate for the job vacancy. Before you do so, be confident your profile is up to scratch!

That is a passive way about going about it, to be more aggressive you can browse through their contact info, and enquire whether they have included a phone number. If so, great, if not, try and obtain one via their company website or send them a connection request.

When sending a connection request, select “friend” when it asks you “how do you know this persons.” Don’t worry, they are not actually notified you selected this.

Also don’t send them one of those generic, “I’d like to add you to my professional network” send them a personalised message. However, ensure it is engaging and provocative. Don’t ask for a job. Offer value to them to make them want to speak with you. 

It is a time consuming process, one that takes much longer than uploading your CV 20 times to 20 different sites. Yet it is easily the best way to make an impression. After all, employers want those candidates willing to go the extra mile for them; this exemplifies that.

Doing this certainly does not guarantee a job, however, it does help you create an impression, one that can be remembered for future job opportunities.

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