According to research carried out by The Ladders.com in 2012, the average time spent reading a CV was just 6.25 seconds – whilst this might seem unfair it’s clear to see you have a very short window of opportunity to make that initial impression!
Here is a short document on things you might want to consider which may improve your chances of being selected for interview.
- Consider the length of your CV, 1-2 pages is ideal but if you have an extensive career history and or some impressive notable achievements you can (just about) get away with 3 pages. If your CV is longer than 3 pages and you are struggling to fine-tune please get in touch with us, we are happy to assist.
- Is your LinkedIn profile up to date? Yes – use this as a tool, include a link to your LinkedIn at the top of your CV & add all those things you want to discuss on your CV there. No – we recommend your update it, with or without the link if you’re on there chances are your future manager will be looking at you. Research carried out by the The Ladders.com in June 2019 suggests, over 70% of employers check social media profiles of candidates to learn more about them.
- Power Verbs, what are they? And how can I use them in my CV?
Power Verbs are action words which have a strong meaning in the English language, often used to strengthen your CV and convey confidence. We’ve got a list of Power Verbs (see below), use as a check list – how many do you have in your CV? If you have the same or similar that’s fantastic if you’ve lucked out add them in 😊 We have tailored power verbs for each industry we recruit within, please get in touch if you would like yours!
- Content aside, are you proud of how your CV is formatted? Let’s make it easy for our CV readers to pick out the best bits. Personal details? Of course, they are important, but you don’t need a photo. Centralise your personal information and place at the top of your CV in bold. Ensure your CV is in chronological order, current or most recent place of work / work experience first please. Please tell us how brilliant you are but do it concisely, a few sentences or short paragraph will do the trick. Let’s talk about margins, try and set your margins at one inch on all sides to create a well-balanced design.
Other things to consider.
- Is the font the same throughout?
- Bullet points – either include or don’t include full stops avoid doing both
Want to know more about creating the perfect CV? We’re always happy to help but if you want a reference guide to help you too you might find the following books useful;
- Be You, Get Noticed, Get Hired, Graduate CV (Susan Burke, 2015)
- The 7 Second CV – How to Land the Interview (James Reed, 2019)
- HR Resume Secrets – (Alan Collins, 2014)
- The CV book – your definitive guide to writing the perfect CV (James Inns, 2012)