Your CV needs attention!
Now, I'm not just talking about attention from recruiters and hiring managers. It needs your attention.
The average recruiter will review hundreds of CVs, and that's just for one job! If you consider the fact that most recruiters will typically be managing numerous vacancies at one time, when you do the maths, it's no wonder that the average recruiter will spend just 10 seconds or even less, reviewing a CV before deciding whether you're a suitable candidate or not.
So, with that in mind, you need to make sure you use every word on your CV wisely. If you want to pass this 10 second test, nothing should be on there that doesn't need to be.
Here are 3 things that you can cut from your CV immediately.
1.Full Postal Adress
If you’re applying for a job, at the very least you’ve checked out the location and you’re happy commute or plan on moving there.
Space on your CV comes at a premium, everything on it should be valuable and should make the recruiter want to call you, and the hiring manager want to see you for an interview ASAP.
Your address does not fall into either of these categories, so, get rid.
2. Unnecessary qualifications
Your qualifications need to be relevant and should make you more attractive for the role in question. There’s no need to go back too far and list every award you ever received in school. This takes up space that could be better used on more important things, like highlighting major achievements.
A safe bet is to stick to professional qualifications and your most recent academic achievements.
3. Shopping Lists and Too Much Fluff
One of the quickest ways to decide if something should be on your CV is to ask yourself a few simple question:
Does this statement show that I’m capable of adding value or solving problems?
Does this statement make me stand out from the competition?
If you’ve looked at the statement or paragraph and the answer to both of those questions is no, then either you need to write it in a different way, or you need to remove t completely and pick something more valuable to talk about.
Those two questions are a great way to give your CV the sanity check that might just be the difference between an interview and no interview.
Bonus tip – References available on request
Ok, when they want your references, they’ll ask, so apply the two questions mentioned above and remove this. It’s one line, but a line that you could put to better use.
Hopefully that frees up some valuable space on your CV where you can now add the things that will really make a difference.