What One skill doubles your candidates’ hiring chances?

What One skill doubles your candidates’ hiring chances?


There are certain things that recruiters hate to see on their candidate’s CVs such as corporate zombie-speak; irrelevant work experience; extra-curricular activities and blatant lies amongst them.


Even inconsistent formatting, personal pronouns and phrases like “I believe I could be successful at….” will leave recruiters trembling.


And buzzwords like “best of breed”, “go-getter”, “synergy” and “trend-setter” put clients right off.


For recruiters, it’s essential they find CV phrases that will get hiring clients fighting each other to get their hands on their candidates.


Therefore, conclusions from a report by employment analytical firm, Burning Glass Technologies, that claims if candidates put “digital” on their CVs it raises the chances of them getting hired, will pique interest.


The study found that, for new graduates, arts graduates particularly, if they flaunt extra digital skills on their CV they are twice as likely to get hired.

Lee Biggins, Managing Director of CV-Library and Co-Founder of Course Library, has previously said: “Developing skillsets in order to further careers is now more important than ever before and it’s important that any individual looking for work in 2017 considers ways in which they can boost their CV.”


Burning Glass Technologies also identified eight digital skills that will increase jobseekers hiring chances if they put them on their CV.


These include computer programming, data analysis, IT networking and support, graphic design, social media and marketing skills.


However, recruiters need to be wary about putting these key words on their candidate’s CVs if they don’t hold the necessary skill sets.


Burning Glass’ findings complement previous 2017 digital skills data, released by freelance jobsite Upwork.


In February, the freelancer’s platform released a list of the most in demand skillsets – with programming and marketing skills topping the list.


Natural Language processing skills – used in the programming of tech like Siri and Alexa – came top of the list, followed by expertise in Swift and Tableau

Source: recruitment grapevine