It may seem like a straightforward task andeasy to comprehend but looking out for keywords within the job advert will helpyou prioritise and save time by applying to roles that are a genuine fit foryou, whilst avoiding some disappointment along the way.

If it is a fit for you and the keywords areapplicable, you can tailor your application to the job and align it with theexpectations, showing you can offer deliverable results.

Are you a match?

Firstly, don’t be discouraged by theoften-lengthy paragraphs detailing the list of responsibilities and qualitiesneeded to fill the role. Companies generally focus on the main duties to befilled at the beginning of the advert and if you have experience of completingthem before, then you’re already off to a good start. No one person will beable to tick off every single bullet point of requirement, but if you meet at least60% then your likely in with a chance of consideration.

Do you fit the job description?

Read the description and be ruthless withyourself when determining whether it applies to you.

The title: Are you in this role now or have been previously?

The title is a clear indication of whatthey’re looking for. In financial services, relevant experience is usuallyalways required.

Qualifications: Does the job advert list any necessary qualifications?  If so, do you have them? Are you working towards them?

Most jobs within financial services will require a qualification or degree and are unlikely to consider you if you don’t have them. In some cases, the advert will read, ‘qualifications an advantage but not essential’, in this case, consider whether you genuinely have relatable experience.

Does it mention an experience level? If so, do you meet this?

If you hand in your CV and you’re a yearshort of experience, you won’t be considered in favour of stronger candidates.Although you may believe you could manage the listed tasks, if ‘X’ number ofyears experienced is required then it is very unlikely they will look atcandidates without.

Responsibilities: Do you understand the responsibilities in the task?

Some companies use overly complicatedjargon to describe routine tasks, but if you find yourself reading theresponsibilities and not understanding or being able to relate to it, then youprobably won’t be qualified for the role. But if you read through and yourexperienced or understand at least 60% then you can consider yourself a matchfor the requirements.

Salary: Is the salary in a similar pay bracket to your current or is it a logical increase?

Salary is usually a good indicator of whether you’re experienced for the role or if it is a logical progression. If the salary is wildly out with your current salary, they’re probably looking for someone with more experience.

Keywords to consider: Some of the common phrases used can help you identify whether you will be comfortable with the tasks expected, such as multi-tasking: can you manage and prioritise various tasks in busy periods and complete them confidently and timely?

Great communication skills: Are you comfortable putting yourself out there and communicating with different people? If it isn’t something, you’re comfortable with, then don’t apply for a job that requires it.

If after, using the tick list above, youare a fit, use the keywords from the advert throughout your CV/Cover Letter.Recruiters will be looking for these keywords in the 7 seconds it takes them toread a CV and you want to give yourself the best opportunity.

Ultimately, using a recruitment agency canhelp you identify suitable roles. The consultant will know exactly what iswanted from the client for the position and can advise you if you don’t meetthis. Another benefit, if you don’t meet the specifications for one role, theyhave a vast market knowledge and relationships to help direct you and apply forone that does fit!