The over-applier: One telltale sign of a confused job seeker

It’s simple. If you want to be found for the job, include keywords from the job description in your CV or online profile. Whether it’s a bot or a human being scanning the CV, keywords are crucial in helping to quickly identify a potential candidate, Trish Ferrett, manager of recruiting and global human resources for Pact, told Devex’s Kate Warren in this video interview.

Even if you’re an enthusiastic recent graduate with little experience, recruiters are looking for someone who has done their research and can have an intelligent conversation about the organization and job for which they’re applying.

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  • Kelli Rogers

    Kelli Rogers is an Associate Editor for Devex. Based on the U.S. West Coast, she works with Devex's team of correspondents and editors around the world, with a particular focus on gender. She previously worked as Devex’s Southeast Asia correspondent based in Bangkok, covering disaster and crisis response, resilience, women’s rights, and climate change throughout the region. Prior to that, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.

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