So, what do recruiters look for when reviewing CV’s? Well, according to an Eye-Tracking study from 2018 (linked below), recruiters take on average 7-8 seconds to initially screen a resume. This means that it’s best for your CV to be:
- Easy to Navigate.
Make sure to have clear, bold section headings so recruiters immediately know what information they’re reading.
Maintain the same format, font size and colour throughout your CV. Not only does this make it easier to read through, but it also shows that you have a keen eye for quality and detail!
Clearly outline your work history, educational history and relevant qualifications. For the work history in particular, be sure to include the relevant job title, company, dates of employment (the month and year), and any information about your responsibilities in that role in the form of bullet points.
When following the above step, make sure to keep your bullet points short and – well – to the point! This allows recruiters to pick out important information. Depending on your experience and what role you’re applying to, we recommend between 5 and 10 bullet points per work experience item.
When presenting items in chronological order, make sure to list the most recent one first and descend to the least recent, particularly for work history! This means that recruiters will see the most important and relevant experience first.
Keep the layout and wording simple – don’t overdo it!
Those are all the best qualities for your CV to have – so, what are the things you should avoid?
- Spelling mistakes.
- Including a photo of yourself in your CV.
- An unprofessional email address.
- Long sentences or paragraphs.
- Unnecessary length! For registered nurses, try to avoid having a CV that’s longer than 2 pages.
- Any irrelevant personal information. Name, contact number, email and physical address are crucial, but any other info is best left off the document as it may cause unintended bias.
These tips will set your CV apart and land it on the top of the recruiters pile! We hope this information was helpful, and we can’t wait to review your CV for any of the exciting available roles we have. Ngā mihi nui.
Eye-Tracking Study Citation – 2018: