Do you know that most employers spend less than 30 seconds looking at your CV? Forget the hours, days or weeks you may have spent putting together your CV, in actual fact, a research carried out by The Ladders.com in 2012 showed that the average time spent reading a CV was just 6.25 seconds.
It is worth noting that the appearance of your CV plays a very important role in determining whether or not you get called up for an interview.
An employer can easily toss aside a resume that is not organised. In as much as you have to have avoid something very lengthy, also have it in mind that it has to be neat, well spaced and straight to the point.
You have a very limited time for your CV to work its magic for you so why not try to tick all the boxes?
In this article, we will walk you through the basics of putting together a powerful CV that will pass the 30 seconds speed test.
Your CV shouldn’t exceed two (2) pages
Since the employer will not be spending up to a minute looking at your CV, why not make it as short as possible? Limiting your resume to just two pages will help you determine the best information to include.
Here is a tip, always ask yourself if that information will influence the employer to call you for an interview before you include it.
Engage the reader quickly
The first thing an employer looks out for when going through your CV is its relevance. In that case, it is extremely important to capture his/her mind quickly. You can achieve this by presenting yourself in a manner that keeps you in line with the role you are applying for.
The contents you include in the Professional Profile area of your CV should deem you relevant for the job.
Easy navigation is important
One common reason why a CV can quickly be tossed aside is if the reader struggles to navigate while reading through it. For easy navigation, make sure the section headings are properly highlighted to make them stand out. Also, use bullet points where necessary.
Recruiters are fond of quickly scanning through a CV so be sure to make all information accessible.
When you are done with the above, give your CV a 30 seconds test by quickly glancing through it. If you can read the key information in less than 30 seconds then you just might earn yourself a job interview.