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What do Recruiters look for when reading a CV?

26/09/2013 by


We’ve all done it – written our CV and sent it off for a role we’ve seen and the feedback hasn’t been great, even though we know we’d be great for the role. Did the recruiter read your CV? Did they not see your achievements?

To help you next time, we’ve asked our Recruiters what they look for when they read a CV. Follow these tips and hopefully next time, the feedback will be better!

• Don’t use tables, use bullet points
• Keep the CV to 2 pages – 3 pages as a maximum
• Keep it clear and concise
• Write a statement of intent at the top of your CV but only keep it at one paragraph and don’t let it be personal (i.e. I did …,), keep it as ‘achieved xyz’
• Including your flexibility for location is useful for a recruiter to know if you are keen to move or not
• State your achievements and make sure your CV is achievements based (designed xyz, built team from 10 to 20, completed project in xx weeks)
• Have clear dates of your career and indicate how quickly you have progressed through the company and built your career
• Explain any ‘gaps’ in your career in your cover letter
• Include your Technologies after stating your Education and Qualifications
• Include facts about your career but only include them if you can back it up in an interview. If you can’t then don’t include it in your CV
• If you have been at your current role for a longer period of time, only include the most significant points and in order

Remember that recruiters and clients will briefly look at your CV and ‘skim read’ so make sure it is written in a way to highlight the most important information. As a final word of warning, be selective where you place your CV and ensure you don’t devalue your place in the market.

Written by Vicky Jones, Montash Head of Marketing & Communications

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