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How to optimise your CV for job boards

Today we’re bringing you a guest post in collaboration with Laura at CV-Library all about how to tweak your CV to enjoy the best possible results on job boards. We wrote an article for their blog all about Jobboard Finder and how to use it for your next job hunt or recruitment campaign that will go up on their Career Advice page here. So without further ado, here’s Laura’s post.  

Job boards are an incredibly useful tool if you’re looking for a job.

Firstly, you can search through thousands of the latest vacancies and apply for jobs that pique your interest via the site. Secondly, you have the opportunity to be headhunted by top recruiters and employers once you’ve uploaded your CV.

Now that’s smart searching.

To make sure you’re getting the most out of job boards, here’s how to optimise your CV and find job search success.

Follow these CV optimisation tips and you'll be on the road to success

Follow these CV optimisation tips and you’ll be on the road to success

Include relevant keywords

Keywords are an extremely important component of your CV – and if you think you’re unfamiliar with keywords, you actually use them every day.

Remember the last time you searched something on Google? The words you used in your search were keywords.

Recruiters also use keywords when searching job boards’ CV databases to identify the most relevant candidates for their vacancies.

For example, if a recruiter is looking for someone to fill a digital marketing manager role, they might use the keywords “digital marketing”, “marketing manager” and “digital marketing executive”. They are also likely to search via requirements listed in the job description, such as “marketing experience”, “email marketing”, “excellent communication” or “PPC”.

Therefore, to make sure that your CV crops up in recruiters’ searches, you must inject keywords related to your ideal role and industry. Simply use relevant job descriptions for inspiration.

Prove your skills and experience

Now that you’ve peppered your CV with keywords and caught the recruiter’s attention, it’s time to make your abilities zing.

To make sure that you stand above other applicants with similar experience, you must quantify your abilities with facts and figures.

Some measurements of growth and success may include revenue you’ve generated, percentages of targets you’ve achieved or the number of people you’ve managed. Just remember to keep your tangible results targeted to your ideal role, industry or company to help you become an irresistible candidate.

Cut the fluff

Once your CV is optimised with relevant information, it’s time to start cutting the unnecessary. This is to stop irrelevant details clouding your more impressive abilities and to create space for other important talking points.

Firstly, if you have included details such as your marital status, age or date of birth, you can cut this immediately as they do not affect your ability to do the job, and to be asked about these details is illegal or discouraged under the UK Equality Act.

You can also tweak your address to the format “Town, County” as details of your location will already be on your account with the job board.

Also take a look at the skills and knowledge you’ve included in your CV. If parts are not mentioned in the job adverts you’re responding to, then you can afford to cut down those sections slightly.

Remember to keep your CV focused and relevant

Remember to keep your CV focused and relevant

On-point CV formatting

Your CV’s formatting needs to be slick and professional to ensure recruiters can identify the information they’re looking for as efficiently as possible.

Ensure your CV is broken down into clear sections, introduced by bold headings. You also want to choose an easy-to-read font, such as Arial or Calibri, and ensure the formatting is consistent throughout.

Your CV should neatly on fit two A4 pages, perhaps three if you’re a seasoned professional. If it’s just shy or spilling over, try adjusting the font sizes and page margins. A comfortable fit will make your CV look complete.

Most job boards, like CV-Library, are compatible with creative CVs. However, if you’re ever in doubt about whether your CV will look the part, a traditional format saved as a .pdf file is your safest bet.

Use a clear structure and easy-to-read font like Calibri or Arial

Use a clear structure and easy-to-read font like Calibri or Arial

Up-to-date contact information

This point almost sounds too obvious. However, there is a staggering amount of job hunters that fail to give up-to-date contact information or include details with typos and errors.

If you’re actively job hunting, make sure that you double check your contact details before you click submit, or it could cost you your dream opportunity.


Laura Slingo is Digital Copywriter for the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library. For more expert advice on job searches, careers and the workplace, visit their Career Advice pages.

For their profile on Jobboard Finder, click here.

How to ace an interview in five steps

Interviews are a BIG deal. With job competition at an all-time high, it is vital to make sure you stand out from the crowd in interview. Here’s how to do it.

Despite phone and video interviews rising in popularity, a face-to-face interview is still the preferred choice by many recruiters. Not only does it give them the chance to meet and interact with you properly, it also feels more personal and authentic than a session on Skype or Google Hangout. Most companies will also interview in their own offices which could you a valuable insight into your potential future workplace. So, without further ado, here are your five steps to success in face-to-face job interviews.

1. Preparation

I cannot stress this enough: preparation is absolutely the key to a successful interview. So much so in fact that if you walk into an interview unprepared, you might as well not have gone at all. You’ll feel silly and you’ll waste yours and the recruiter’s time.

Trawl through the company’s website

  • Check out the company’s news and recent exciting innovations. It will give you a good starting point to talk about if asked ‘Why are you interested in this company?’, but also save you from looking a fool when asked your opinion on some new development of theirs you’ve never even heard about
  • Find out what their values are. In the interview, use their buzzwords to reflect that your values are a fit with those of the company; this is so important to them. Also, at the end of the day you’re educating yourself on what life is like in this company and whether you’d actually like to work for them!
  • You could even look up the boss’s LinkedIn page to gain an in-depth grasp of who they are and what they stand for

Read and re-read the job description and make sure you fully understand it

  • Not only should you be well-versed on the company itself, but also on your specific role in it. Make sure you fully understand what will be expected of you!
  • When asked to describe yourself, use the key skills that they mentioned in the job description. Be subtle about it though—don’t just recite their advert back to them or you will come across as ingenuine.

2. Turn up on time

You’d think this goes without saying if you are looking to make a good impression but feedback says 30% of employers biggest pet peeve is a candidate turning up late, meaning it must happen relatively often. Don’t be this guy!

Specific tips:

  • Don’t be too late or too early. For most places, arriving around 10 minutes before your interview is perfect timing. Any earlier than that and you’ll be in the way while they’re setting up for you. Any later and you’ll be frazzled and unfocused.
  • Practice the route beforehand especially if it’s an area of town you’re not too familiar with
  • On the day, allow lots of time for any unexpected delays. If you end up arriving super early though this is not necessarily a bad thing—you could go and sit in a café and gather your thoughts
  • And if you are still running late on the day—CALL and let the interviewer know in advance of time. Most interviewers will be forgiving if you call half an hour beforehand and say you’re caught in terrible traffic; after all, this is out of your control. In a worst-case scenario, you could ask if it’s possible to reschedule for another day.

3. Make a good first impression

This one is fairly self-explanatory, but body language is so important. Regardless of how perfect your answers to their questions may be, if you are slouching in your chair, nervously fiddling with your hands or compulsively yawning, no recruiter is going to be impressed.

Specific tips:

  • Dress suitably for the occasion. Always opt for smarter rather than casual!
  • Give a firm hand shake, make sufficient eye contact and smile a lot
  • Try and not fiddle anxiously. Of course, this is easier said than done and naturally you are nervous. But by keeping your fidgeting under wraps, you will physically appear more confident and competent, and this will have an impact on your mental calm too
  • Avoid distraction by turning off your phone before you even enter the building. This tells the interviewer that they are the priority. It’s just a basic sign of respect, plus it can be incredibly distracting to both you and the interviewer if it goes off

4. Ask questions

It is really off-putting for interviewers to ask a candidate if they have any questions and get a blank face and a “…No, not really” in reply. This in itself is the final test! Up to 30% of employers have reported that asking no questions is their biggest interview no-no. To a recruiter, no questions means no interest, which of course is not what they want. Ask questions that reflect why you’re drawn to the company.

Some great question ideas could be:

To indicate you’re interested in career progression:

  • What could I do to impress you in the first 3 months?
  • In the best of all possible worlds, what would you like me to accomplish in three months? In a year? In five years?
  • What makes someone successful in this organization?

Checking if you’re a good fit for the company:

  • What would the perfect employee for this job look like for you?
  • What do you think are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?
  • Will I be mentored or be a mentor?

Taking an interest in the interviewer themselves:

  • How long have you worked here, and what do you like most about this organization?
  • Where would you like this company to be in five years’ time?

Generally useful questions:

  • How would you describe a typical day and week in this position?
  • What is the dress code?

Questions about the post-interview process:

  • What is the next step in this process?
  • When can I expect to hear from you?

Another good tip is to make notes throughout the interview and ask questions about specific things that were mentioned, as this shows you were attentive and are taking a real interest in the discussion you had. Whatever you ask, make sure it’s not something you should know the answer to already!

5. Follow up well

  • A thank you goes such a long way, especially for an interviewer who has spoken to dozens of candidates, and this could help you stand out from the crowd. Plus, it’s just a generally pleasant thing to do for someone who has given up their time for you.
  • Ask for feedback. This might be the most important part of the whole process. I cannot stress enough how vital this is! Regardless of whether you eventually get the job or not, feedback is invaluable for your personal and career development.
  • It’s really a win-win situation: the positive feedback will be something you can retain for future job interviews and repeat. The negative (read: constructive) feedback will tell you the things you are doing wrong, more often than not things you hadn’t even realised yourself, that are putting employers off.

Whatever you do, stay calm, focused and confident and you should do just fine. Good luck!

Best online communities for freelancers

The number of freelancers and independent workers keeps on increasing, and this, all around the world. Even if there are more freelancers in the USA, European countries and their labor legislation had to adapt to this new form of employment, which often goes with freedom. Generally, freelancers have an independent main activity or as a complement of a paid employment. Freelance attracts because it is possible to work from home, and without a boss, and this is especially why the number of independent workers is still increasing, even with the latest issues that affect the activity, with Uber for example, a pioneer in freelance. In order to avoid problems and to get the most of freelance and its benefits, many online communities have been created, especially to help companies finding an independent worker, or for freelancers to find interesting projects. In this article, we will first learn more about the two best online communities that make things easier for freelancers. We will then see other types of communities that help freelancers starting their independent activity or to protect themselves against the risks of their activities.

How to find a freelancer


Created in 2009, is the world’s biggest site dedicated to freelance and crowdsourcing, thanks to its number of users and especially thanks to the huge number of projects for freelancers the team post per day. At the moment, there are more than 24,445,920 users, for almost 12,000,000 posted projects. Any independent worker is assured to find a very interesting project. It is a website only dedicated to independent work. It is one of the best to quickly find an activity. The access is made for both freelancers looking for a project and companies which have an urgent need in qualified workforce. It is very pleasant to navigate on the website, it is modern, and it makes you want to work, especially because the projects are clearly presented.

Indeed, the website shows which type of services companies can have, and above all, at what price. It is undeniably innovative, and it shows that the freelancers’ profiles are very qualitative. As specialists in job boards and online recruitment, we advise you to sign in on if you’re an independent worker looking for a mission in the IT sector, (website creation, software, mobile applications) or in design, data science, sales and marketing, writing or even in product sourcing and manufacturing. With more than 13 million of visits and almost as much users, this added to its worldwide presence, is made for companies that “need to hire”. They can be sure to find a freelancer, and to get good results, we can safely say it. And that’s the same for job seekers, who have a free and adapted access to the projects. Go check!

UpWorklogo upwork

Main competitor of, UpWork, created in 2015, is another website fully dedicated to independent workers. It works a bit like, but we can’t directly see on the homepage the projects. It is made more for companies and people in need of a freelancer, according to their needs in freelance work. The website is modern and very easy to use. It just seems to be oriented to companies, but with more than 43 million of single visitors last month, we are sure that job seekers will find a mission that will be suited to their upwork works

Everything is handled by the platform that is to say the publication of the project, the recruitment and hiring, the following of the work, and the payment. The website is available in the USA, in Canada, Australia and in the UK, the countries which have the most independent workers in the world (officially). Upwork is also very good for all types of users, but we advise it more for recruiters.

Co-working spaces

logo wework

Freelance is characterized by the fact that the workers may not have an office. It is true that some of them love working from home, and that it was their main reason to become an independent worker. However, others would prefer working in a place that makes them think about an office, but without having the boss! And in these types of work spaces, we can meet new people that won’t be our official colleagues and we can definitely help each other.wework locations

That’s why I would like to tell you more about WeWork, a website available almost worldwide which allows independent groups of workers to find co-working spaces very quickly. Their mission is to offer these workers “a working space which will transform their day-to-day life”. They welcome you in spaces ideally suited to develop new ideas. It can make things way easier for many workers. Go and check their website to learn more!

The American freelancers union

A very interesting McKinsey study found on Forbes explains that there are more than 52 million of freelancers in the leading country of independent workers, the United States (that is to say at least 1/3 of Americans). With the current crisis at Uber, one of the references in independent work, as well as the continuing increase in the number of freelancers in the USA, it was important for Freelancers Union to further increase its popularity, while it has been existing since 1995. freelancers unionIt is an online community of independent workers created to help each other. We can find very useful advice on social protection and insurance. The website is free for everybody and it is possible to donate. It gives a voice to freelancers. It is very useful and gives very interesting tips for all freelancers in the USA, and it helps them to avoid contract problems and all current issues with independent work.

We hope that this article will help independent workers. Note that you can also check other job boards specialists in freelance on Jobboardfinder.

Dealing with unhappiness at work

Happiness at work has become an unavoidable subject, especially because for many years, the boundary between private and professional life has been more and more blurred. Every morning, we want to have a good and pleasant reason to go to work, we don’t want to go there walking backwards, as we usually spend half of our day at the office. You just want to have a smile on your face when you go there. Unfortunately, for some people, it is not the case. We will try to understand why we can feel unhappy at work and also how to remedy to bad conditions and unhappiness at work.

unhappiness at work

Why are we unhappy at work ?

We when choose a career path, we aspire to be happy and to do something we like everyday. Even though we know that careers have ups and downs, we want to get up everyday and come to a place where we feel appreciated, involved and recognized by the manager. But what happens when it is not the case? There can be many reasons, and you feel them when you talk with other people, with your family and there can be different levels of unhappiness, from depression to other dramatic causes… Unhappiness at work makes us less productive, less healthy and there can be consequences out of the office. An article of INC gives a list of the main reasons of unhappiness at work:unhappiness at work

  • Pay (not enough for what you do compared to your colleagues)
  • Stability (you don’t know how long you can stay in this company, it is always uncertain)
  • Future (no room for career evolution)
  • Other people (everybody has colleagues they can’t stand, but sometimes it can be more than not getting along with someone)
  • Demands (too much pressure)
  • Flexibility
  • The work itself (you don’t like the sector, but you feel like it could be worse somewhere else, so you suffer in silence)

One thing is sure, you have to do something if you really can’t bear your work situation. In the second part of the article, we will see how you can deal with unhappiness at work.

How to tackle unhappiness at work ?

A very interesting article of Forbes shows a study of Harvard Business Review revealing that “happy people are 31% more productive, have 37% higher sales and are three times more creative than their peers”. It is true that companies have to work to make sure that you feel comfortable and at ease doing your job.unhappiness at work forbes

But sometimes we have to decide for ourselves, and realize when something is going wrong. You have to wonder if everyday you’re learning and developing, if people around you are as respectful as you are or if what you do has a purpose. If this is not the case, here is what you can do, according to a very interesting article that I found on The Future Organization:

  • Change the situation and make it better: tell someone about what you feel respectfully and give suggestions to improve the situation
  • Change department: if you don’t get along with your colleagues, ask to move somewhere else in the company
  • Resign: this is the last resort and sometimes the best solution. You will have to explain why you leave, and remain classy and respectful, because sometimes it is hard to move on.

unhappiness at workIf you take one of these decisions, make sure that it will change your situation for the better. Happiness at work is very important, and as we said before, it has become a huge matter of concern for companies and managers. And as they said in the article: “The good news is that the future of work provides a variety of career opportunities and ways to discuss workplace unhappiness“.

What is Glassdoor?

This week we will focus on one of the most used worldwide job board: Glassdoor. Available in many countries and many different languages, this multi-function job board is as useful for job seekers as for recruiters. In fact, it allows first to look for a job advert (or to publish one for free), but also to give job seekers a preview of the company they are applying to, to get the reviews of employees currently hired by this company, to compare the salaries and to give as well useful information to better prepare an interview in a given company. We will first see what Glassdoor is, then we will see why it is a good job board for job seekers and for companies recruiting as well.

Glassdoor Logo

Glassdoor presentation

Glassdoor was founded by Robert Hohman, Rich Barton and Tim Besse in 2007. It’s headquarters are in Mill Valley, California.

“Glassdoor is one the fastest growing jobs and recruiting sites.”

It was first available in the USA, but as it became more and more powerful and renown, it expended to:

This job board looks like both a social network and a comparison tool like Trip Advisor. We can have access to shared interview experience for example. When you go to the profile of a company, it can make you think about a Facebook wall. Their website is simple, modern, there is not too much to read.

glassdoor profile

Four main features

Find a job offer:

Glassdoor first main feature is the job search. Once you have found an interesting offer, you can discover the company and its history. You also have the reviews of other people working there. If you are a job seeker, you can also be alerted directly on your cell phone about the latest personalized daily offers. You can get the latest HR and recruitment news related to job offers. And you can look specifically at three types of researches: popular researches, position, by city and compare the salaries of a certain position.

Company reviews:

You can have access to the employees’ reviews on the companies they are currently working for. On the homepage of “Reviews” , you can directly type the name of a company and a city to know more about it and to get the reviews as if you were already one of their colleagues. You can get a comment on a company, a salary or an interview. There are four types of specific researches: recently seen companies, popular companies, company culture, being hired. You can also get the latest news on company reviews to know for instance which company has the best review.job search glassdoor

Salary comparison:

Compare your salary with other people and same jobs in other companies similar to your company. You can also have a quick access to the popular salary researches, the highest paid profession, or also advice for salaries, to know how much you have to pay according to one job. There are also the latest news on salaries.


This section has very useful advice for job interviews. Employees of a given company can share their interview experience before being hired, so that candidates can be prepared. There is also a kind of ranking if the most difficult interviews, the most popular interviews, and advice for interviews. There is as well a news section, with for example articles on the most popular questions asked in interviews.

Glassdoor is good for job seekers…

Looking for a job has become easier thanks to Glassdoor. Its database gives job seekers an access to millions of company reviews, salary reports, office photos or interview reviews. It helps you from the beginning of your research till the end of it, once you found the “job that fits your life”.

Glassdoor on mobile

…but also for companies and recruiters

On Glassdoor, companies can improve their brand image. On their profile, than put their history, some pictures, and any other information that can attract the job seekers, and the best talents. They also have the possibility to answer to the employees reviews or also receive information about the people looking at their job offer or applying to them. They can even know the location of people looking at their job adverts. All these information are approved by the CEOs and can definitely influence on candidates’ decisions.

Check out Glassdoor’s profile on Jobboard Finder right here !

The Future of the CV

Are CVs still useful in today’s job market? Do recruiters still need them to recruit or is it bound to disappear? Do job seekers still need to spend that much time on their resume or are there new means to display their professional career? In this article, we will see that even though the traditional CV is not about to totally disappear yet, it is currently being transformed into something more digital.

Adapting to the new ways of recruiting

Digital resume

Even if it is true that the CV is not that old-school yet, it is still subjected to the transition to the digital era, which seems to be unavoidable in all sectors. This can be explained by the modifications made to recruitment ways. Nowadays, recruiters are not only looking for ordinary workers, but also for special personalities and for talents, who are more than what they write down on their resume.

digital CV
Recruiters are now exploring on social networks, on all platforms like LinkedIn, or Twitter as well, in order to learn more about the character and the personality of their soon-to-be co-worker. Keep in mind that a CV gathers all the information of what we achieved professionally and does not necessarily show who we really are.

Recruitment on social networks and new technologies

Social networks are therefore the digital CV. For example, some recruiters have already recruited on Twitter, by asking people to send them their Twitter account link, instead of their CV. Other ask for their LinkedIn account link, or a link to their personal blogs, especially in the sector of digital communication for instance. There is also Facebook’s brand new feature that we talked about last week, Facebook Job, which will now allow job seekers to directly apply for a job on a Facebook statute and talking with them on Messenger. You could also register on websites dedicated to a certain sector of activity and save our profile on it, in order to be seen by recruiters of our branch.

CV on iPad

Furthermore, new technologies developed by the well-known Textkernel allow recruiters to stop calculating the amount of time their candidate spent in a company, for a given position. This allow them to save their precious time because this tool analyses semantically the resumes, so recruiters have a quick synthesis of the candidate’s profile. According to ExclusiveRH, you can now have the possibility to test your candidates first before asking them their CVs.

The traditional paper resume still remains a safe bet

Nevertheless, paper is not that doomed to failure. Recruiters automatically ask for a digital profile, with data provided and verified by the candidate. It is then not a disappearance but rather an evolution.
Because recruiters still require this CV, this sheet of paper that summarizes almost everything. Recruiting professionals will always have your resume in their hands, just for interviews for instance, even if they received it in digital version. Paper CV
Then this is only a change of format, a change of name, you could add more information, or less. So lovers of paper CVs, don’t worry, it has not disappeared yet.

The best countries to work in for 2017!

After the economic instability post Brexit in Europe, the political unrest in South America, and the backlash of Trump. Job seekers are narrowing their international job search to countries that offer added benefits, a comfortable quality of life, and a wide selection of prosperous job sectors. At Jobboard Finder we have compiled a list of the top countries to work in across the globe; according to a recent study by Expat Explorer survey HSBC.

Surprisingly, a large part of the list is made up of European countries and Europe was named as the best destination for job seekers looking to expand their career and benefit from excellent working conditions. Six European countries are to be found in the top 10 countries for expat job seekers. At the top of this list for a second year in a row was Switzerland, noted for its high quality of life and excellent employee resources. Among other things that attract international job seekers to this landlocked country is the high average salary; which stands at almost double that found in the USA. Employee satisfaction is very high in Switzerland; with many noting that the flexible working hours are a deciding factor. Swiss employers offer employees more personal further training opportunities than other countries found around the world. They also receive more social support for balancing their personal and professional lives.


Germany appears at number two in the chart for expats looking for job opportunities in a new country. It also comes up top for international job seekers who prioritize acquiring new skills, job security and career progression. This has something to do with the German working attitude and expectations from employers. Germans are hardworking individuals and employees are expected to be the same. In return they receive strong reassurance of their position and a clear path for success in the business. Germans also get more day’s public holiday than any other European country, and on top of this six weeks paid holiday is offered by most employers. As you can see, Germans work hard and play hard too.


Coming in 3rd place is Sweden where the Scandinavian way of life and working culture attracts millions of job seekers a year. What is most noticeable is that a record 72% of expats working in Sweden say that the working conditions are far greater than what they would find back in their home country. For Sweden, the high salary is balance with the high living costs found in the major cities of Stockholm and Malmo. Sweden is a modern society; with subsidized public services and again a large amount of holiday entitlement. Its labour market is healthy after being gently rocked by the recession and it is known across the globe for being a country very supportive and nurturing of start-up businesses.


In the rest of the top 10, there are countries from Asia that include the expat friendly and highly advanced Singapore & Hong Kong, from the Middle East the recently developed United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and from the rest of Europe; Norway, Austria and the United Kingdom.

For both employers and job seekers in 2017, Jobboard Finder is the first decision-making tool for recruitment campaigns and job searches. By gathering tools and services that recruiters can use to search and compare employment websites from all over the world to find the best job search sites, it really is the best solution for recruitment needs. Today recruiters can also purchase job advertisements for the media they have selected and manage their postings directly from our unique platform. Then they can rate and review the job boards they have used in the past for our community of professionals to see.

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