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What do recruiters look for in a CV?


What do recruiters look for in a cv

What do recruiters look for in a CV?

We design our CV thinking it is comprehensive and competitive, but still it may not leave the required impact. You may be holding an appropriate experience and may be a suitable candidate for the recruiter but if you are not able to document it on your CV, you may stand a chance of not being considered at the first level itself. The time when you are about to send your profile to the recruiter, sit down on your CV and analyze if it is actually going to meet the requirements of the recruiter. Hence, there are many aspects which need to be substantiated before submitting your CV to a recruiter. Before, starting to draft it ensure that the following aspects are duly covered:

  1. Professional snapshot: The CV should contain a snapshot of your professional background, so that recruiter is able to pick in one glance if you are a prospective candidate or not.
  2. Chronology: It is important to state your experiences in a reverse chronological order for emphasizing on the latest experience which may be related to the new job profile that you are looking out for.
  3. Tailor roles and responsibilities: You may probably need to tailor your resume according to the roles and responsibilities which are required in the current job highlighting the more relevant roles that you have taken up in previous profiles.
  4. Consistent experiences: A recruiter mainly tries to understand if the candidate is clear about his career path and has a consistent experience throughout or not. Hence, it is essential to put across the details of the experiences in such a way that they don’t lose their consistency.
  5. Skills, rewards and achievements: Recruiter scans for any additional information on how effective has the candidate been in his previous jobs and how he has achieved or overachieved his targets putting in that extra effort.
  6. Easy to comprehend: The CV should be properly structured and easy to understand avoiding articulating it too much. However, spellings and grammar are another aspect to be taken care of.
  7. Concise and consistent: The font of the entire CV should be consistent and the explanation should be concise making it easy and clear for the recruiter to go through even in a hurry.
  8. Relevant keywords: Relevant keywords should be embedded in the CV to create a proper link between your profile and the requirement of the recruiter. However, a lot of jargons should be avoided as the person scanning the CV may not be that technical.
  9. Proper label and format: The CV should be saved in a commonly used format so that the recruiter doesn’t have to download any new software to view one resume and can access is easily on his system. Also, it should contain your name and profile in the label while saving it.
  10. Professional Photograph : A nice photo of yourself will add a little more weightage and a personal touch to the cv. Especially for roles like sales and marketing or a Team handling role, companies look for well-groomed person and your picture in the cv will help them in shortlisting you instantly.