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What do Recruiters Look for When Reading your CV?

8/06/2019 by Nandip Aulak

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You have minutes, sometimes seconds, to impress a recruiter with your CV. Are you finding it tough to make sure your experience and qualities are jumping off the page? Writing an impressive resume is a challenging task and that’s why we are here to help with your next attempt.


Take a look through some top tips from our Recruiters at Montash to make sure you are reaching the interview stage:



KEEP IT CLEAR & CONCISE

> Write a brief and snappy statement of intent at the top - keep professional, not personal, avoiding the use of, ‘I’.

> Be punchy and to the point. Your CV should be no longer than 2 pages maximum (A4).

> Avoid tables, use bullet points.


BE HONEST

> Be real, keep things truthful. Don’t be tempted to embellish - you will get caught out when you are pressed for further information.

> Be clear about any ‘gaps’ in your career.

> If you have been at your current role for a longer period of time, only include the most significant points and in order 


SHOWCASE YOUR SKILLS

> Show off your achievements. Use numbers where possible. Backing your achievements up with figures and stats will add credibility.  

> Particularly important for those in the tech world - include your Technologies after stating your Education and Qualifications.


TAILOR YOUR CV

> It can be obvious to recruiters when you are using the same for each and every role. Study the job spec, make sure you are displaying the exact skills.

> Are you willing to up and move? Be clear on your location options as it will display how flexible you are.


FINAL TOUCHES

> Use keywords. Many CVs are now uploaded online. If you are hitting those keywords, you will optimise your chance of being found via search

> Always check for errors. Proofread it, then proofread it again. Having a CV full of punctuation or grammatical mistakes will immediately put you at the bottom of the pile. ​

> Make sure it looks good. Smart formatting and design will make your CV easy on the eye visually.


KEEP IT UP TO DATE

> Keep your CV up to date, rather than update it at the last minute. If you learn a new skill or work on a new project, record it.


As a final word of warning, be selective where you place your CV and ensure you don’t devalue your place in the market.


Are you on the hunt for a new role? Why don’t you take a look at the latest permanent and contract jobs that Montash have on offer.

 

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