What information you’d look at if you have 8 seconds to read a CV?

If you’re reading this article right now, chances are you are job hunting at the moment. And you may be wondering what you should do to make your resume stand out from the crowd.

So, here is a question. Have you ever stopped to think about what a recruiter may be looking at when he has your CV in his hand?

The recruitment expert Debora Compri can give you a clue. “A hiring manager will spend eight to ten seconds examining the resume to decide if he should give more attention to it,” she said.

In most cases, head-hunters are trying to fill different job positions, and they’ll not have enough time to check each one of the resumes carefully.

“How many CVs can a recruiter analyse each day? Sometimes, it may be over 150 resumes. Try to multiply it per week, months, and years. It is a mentally challenging job because, as hiring managers, we want to be successful in our job and place the right candidate to the available position,” declared the specialist. 

Debora suggested job-seekers should change their mindset and think like a recruiter if they wish to succeed in the job search.

They should start by assuming they have many CVs in front of them, and they need to find someone as soon as possible to replace a person who already left the company. What information would they like to see first?

The key information

The first thing to consider is that positions have different requirements. It means hiring managers may pay attention to broad aspects at first glance.

According to Debora, the location may be a factor to ponder, especially when the recruiter received a large number of applications. If more candidates are interested in the job, the higher are the chances to employ someone who lives closer to the business.  

By checking the experience section, head-hunters may examine how long a person stayed in each organisation, and which companies she has worked in the past. If an applicant comes from the competition, it may indicate he/she knows how to do the job. 

In regards to qualification, sometimes the intuition where the person has studied may be relevant, as well. 

 As stated by the specialist, the resume is a document, and job-hunters should organise the content in a way to make it easy for hiring managers to find what they need. 

“You should write your resume not to lose points with the recruiter. I usually say that in the beginning, you have 100 points. As you make mistakes in your CV or during the interview, the hiring manager is lowering your scores. It is not the other way around. Some people think you have zero points, and as you talk to the recruiter, you earn points,” she explained. 

“The recruiter wants to hire you. He has many other positions to fill. He is willing to employ someone as soon as possible because, in many cases, the employers have an urgency to make a placement happen,” she added.

Getting your resume ready 

As a team of recruitment specialists, Lynx People knows what is the crucial information hiring managers are expecting to read in a CV. The group has the know-how to structure a resume taking into consideration the industry and the position the candidate is applying.

If you would like to count on the expertise of Lynx’s specialist team to put your resume into a recruiter-friendly format and adapt to meet the Australian standards and requirements, contact us today

You can also discover eight tips to write a winning Australian resume, on Lynx’s blog. 

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