"Sales" is the most searched-for word on CVs in MENA: research

Bayt.com reveals the top five keywords employers use to find new candidates
By Sarah Townsend
Sun 07 May 2017 03:30 PM

CVs with the word “sales” in them are the most likely to be picked up by Middle East recruiters, new research suggests.

Recruitment website Bayt.com has revealed the top five keywords employers in the Middle East using to find candidates using its online CV search.

The five top words were “sales” – which was searched for more than 170,000 times in 2016 alone – “Manager”, “Engineer”, “Accountant” and “HR”.

Other popular words included “Marketing”, “Finance”, “Project Manager”, “Assistant,” “Secretary”, “IT”, "Business", "Development", "Mechanical", "Procurement", "Design", and "Civil".

Bayt.com said professionals looking to improve the visibility and effectiveness of their CVs and online profiles could take advantage of this information.

Keywords can be “powerful action statements that project and highlight recent achievements”, it added.

Suhail Masri, vice-president of employer solutions at Bayt.com, said: “Having a powerful CV is important to stay competitive in the job market, and jobseekers who hold the qualifications and skills related to the most wanted positions will have a greater chance of being viewed and contacted by the employer for career opportunities.”

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