“CV is like a DVD cover, do you want to watch it?”

The CV is the very first impression you give to the recruiters, and the purpose of a CV is to land you an interview. Therefore, it is crucial to make potential employers feel extremely conformable to read as well as to be able to find relevant points expected for the advertised role.

The CV is the very first “look” of you, it’s vital to make people like it and CV needs to have relevant points for the role. You are right, I am repeating myself as it is so important, it took me a considerable amount of time to understand all that.

How recruiters read your CV

In order to come up with a great CV for yourself, we need to get an idea of recruiters’ behavior when they read your CV. On average, THEY SPEND LESS THAN 10 SECONDS ON YOUR CV. You might think after years of study and hard work in order to finish your degree, this is not acceptable and your fabulous CV deserves to be treated better.

Well, it is the unfortunate fact you need to accept and adapt to as you cannot change it. If you think it is hard to believe, let’s put it this way: Mary lists a job on the market, she starts to see applications coming in, she is happy because she sees the response which at least proves her job listing worked; then she opened up the first CV and had a good look at it, she may spend 30 seconds to find out if the ads she put up actually attracted the right candidates. As time goes by, more and more emails come through, shortly it will reach 300 applications. She starts to get less excited by seeing the new ones. SHE THEN WILL SPEND LESS THAN 10 SECONDS ON EACH CV.

What recruiters will look at

  • Your name or your email address on the email inbox
  • Email body if and only it is short and polite
  • Attachment file type and maybe the size
  • The neatness of your CV. No thick borders or inconsistent layout.
  • The relevant keywords and information

A few things to note

  • Names that are extremely hard to pronounce – this may sound offensive to some people but it is a fact
  • Nothing special – CV looks like computer-generated. Sections such as career objectives, achievements are now being ignored!
  • Inappropriate design – layout, font including the usage of bold and colors
  • Length – lengthy and too much irrelevant information

The CV is important as it forms an image of you in recruiters’ minds when recruiters look at it, they can roughly tell the personalities or what type of candidates they are dealing with. There is a lot to be noted, just like when you try to pick a DVD for Friday night, you want to find the one you like and not wasting precious time, CV plays the role as the cover of the DVD for recruiters to decide whether you’ll be invited or not for the interview.

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