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6 Second Rule
According to one famous study, hiring managers only take an average of six seconds to decide whether to keep or trash your CV. In other words, your CV only has six seconds to make the right impression with a prospective employer.
On average, a single job advert attracts over 250 applications. Depending on the position and industry the job opening can attract more applicants. For example accounting, sales and business related positions can attract over 500 CVs sent to the recruiter.
Out of necessity and the need to cater for staffing needs in time, human resource professionals have mastered the art of CV reading by quickly skimming through CVs to ascertain who fits their preferred candidate profile and who doesn’t. This is the shortlisting stage that determines whether or not your application gets considered.
Below are the 3 main elements every professional should consider when crafting their CV and telling their career story.
- CV Presentation
Your CV should be in a simple and easy to read layout. Typically, easy read uses sentences that should be no more than ten to fifteen words, and each sentence should have just one idea. Avoid details and unnecessary information. For example putting your ID number, postal address or marital status. Does it show your ability to work and perform? No.
Have the most important information on the front page. Name, contact details (email and phone), and your personal profile.
- Personal Profile
Instead of having your career objectives on your CV, consider replacing with a Personal Brand Statement. This is a short, one paragraph statement about yourself, your career field, experience, qualifications, and skills. An executive summary of your career.
A personal profile works well because it tells the potential employer who you are, your experience and what you are able to do. On the other hand, career objectives tend to show what you are looking forward to doing or gain. At this point, the potential employer is not interested in that. They want to know if you are an asset to them and how you are going to help them solve their problems.
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Does your CV objective resemble the ones below in tone and style?
- I am seeking employment with a company where I can grow professionally and personally.
- I seek challenging opportunities where I can fully use my skills for the success of the organization.
Find out how to Replace the CV Objective with a Personal Brand Statement
- CV Sections
When writing a CV, sometimes you are not sure about what to put where. For the purpose of having your CV presentable and easy to read, structure the CV in different sections. Consider the following, contacts, personal profile, qualifications: education background including dates in the institutions, professional training, and workshops, work experience: key duties and achievements, additional information: leadership positions, awards, publications, projects, etc. and referees.
We have a detailed skills and abilities section. It is not just enough to say “I have good communication skills” in your CV, yet you are not communicating clearly why you should be hired. Again, communication skills for different professional fields should be structured differently.
At any cost avoid typos, bad grammar, poor formatting and wordy sentences are a turn off to anyone reading your CV.
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Personal and Professional Development Coach at Careerpoint Solutions