10 Second CV test: is it fact or fiction?

July 1, 2018

Have you ever heard that recruiters spend only 10 seconds reading your CV? Only 10 seconds for your possible future employer to decide whether to give you a chance! This is very dramatic and mostly untrue, but a very good scare tactic. Maybe it shouldn’t be seen as a scare tactic, but rather a reliable guideline. 

 

Consider the following: if you were a recruiter and had to read through a mountain of boring CVs, which one would stand out? Remember it is the HR manager’s responsibility to look for appropriate candidates and he or she should read through your CV, but why must they remember it? What will make you and your CV memorable against the crowd of other well qualified candidates?

 

Tips to ensure that you will pass this fictional 10 second test and create a lasting impression:

 

1.    Appearance

 A suitable appearance or design of your CV will generate interest from the reader. A professional CV writer will be able to create the perfect style suitable for you and your profession.

 

2.    Good structure

Starting your CV with the most valuable information will make your CV stand out more. Remember your CV should be your quick elevator pitch, not your whole life story. Just enough info to get you the interview. Your future employer wants to know why they should be interested in you. Be sure your CV gives them the reason immediately.

 

3.    Unique

Remember you are unique…just like all the other candidates. This might be very contradictory, but it is of great value to you to make it very clear in your CV why you are different from other applicants.

 

Whether your future employer is someone who uses this 10 second test or not, your CV should stand out and grab his attention as quick as possible.

 

 

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