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Is Your CV 6-Seconds Worthy?

Source: LinkedIn

Did you know that most recruiters spend a maximum of 6 seconds on a CV? With too many job applications, they do not have time to read through the CV word by word. They instead glance through it and if they do not find what they need, you don’t get shortlisted.

Additionally, their eye works in a Z pattern, meaning left-to-right across the top of the CV and then back down the left-hand side.

This means the top part of your CV is where all the action is. If you don’t, “Get them at Hello,” you won’t be moving on.

So, here are a few tips:
1) Create an “Experience Summary” that lists quantifiable skills and the key information required to even get a shot at the job.
2) Don’t use a font smaller than 11 point or in a fancy style. It is too hard on the eyes.

Even if you create an effective CV, please don’t assume it will greatly improve your chances of getting a call from an online application. Why? 80%+ of all jobs filled today can be attributed to referrals.

Someone inside the organization refers the candidate that gets hired. Hiring a referral is a lot easier than going blurry-eyed reviewing hundreds of online applicants. Plus, the referral makes them more credible, as compared to an online applicant nobody has worked with.

The takeaway: You need to get your optimized CV in the hands of hiring managers. That usually happens when you know them, or know someone who knows them. It’s far less likely to happen when you blindly apply online and hope for the best.

A good CV needs to be used with a proactive job search strategy.