Career

This Website Tells You How Much You’re Worth According To Your CV

Getting to the ‘salary expectations’ part of a job interview is never easy – give a small figure and they’ll think you don’t value your experience, but give a bigger figure and they might think you’re overselling yourself. Knowing what you’re worth in the job market is tough, but a brand new website is here to solve your salary woes and tell you your market value.

While there’s a wealth of information online about average wages in various professions, nailing down your own ‘magic number’ is a lot harder than it seems. Those average wages won’t reflect your unique work history, your education, skills or the years of unpaid interning you’ve slogged through. Thankfully a new online tool is set to help with that – ValueMyCV.

Tomorrow, online job search engine Adzuna will launch ValueMyCV, a website that will scan your CV and come up with a figure that accurately reflects your skills, and time and experience in your industry.

ValueMyCV is simple to use – just upload your CV or LinkedIn profile to receive a commensurate salary figure and a nifty CV evaluation. The site maps out a ‘skills cloud’ with various keywords found in your resumé, as well as a work history summary and recommended jobs in your salary range. There’s a handy tab called ‘CV Booster’ which ranks the strength of your CV, including its length, breadth and whether it’s successfully selling your skills.

In the lead up to launching the site, Adzuna analysed over 50,000 Aussie CVs to develop unique algorithms that will model the data. Once you submit your CV, the site uses text mining (kind of like what they use for Apple’s Siri or Google’s image searching) to extract a wide range of information, including your work history, skills and education. This information is then run through their algorithms to give you a statistical estimate of your market value.

The site also features an ‘e-mail my boss’ feature which allows users to send their salary estimate straight to their employer – which is definitely one way to kick start that conversation about your pay rise (but use it very wisely).

A beta version of the website is live right now, with the official site launching tomorrow. Hop to it.


Rebecca Russo is a freelance writer, editor, community radio dabbler, occasional hiker and celebrity autobiography enthusiast. She has written for online publications including Junkee, AWOL, Fashion Journal and Tone Deaf. Find her online here.