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Can your CV pass the 30 second test?

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Employers and recruitment agencies are so busy nowadays that they're unlikely to spend more than 30 seconds reading your CV.

They may have 100s of other CVs to read today, plus a multitude of other tasks to complete and they therefore have very little time to spend on your CV.

Below, you'll learn how to ensure your CV passes the 30 second test and gets you the job interviews that you really want.

1. Only apply for a job when you're a good match

2. Keep your CV short

3. Make the headings easy to find

4. Facts and figures get your CV noticed

5. Tell a consistent story throughout your CV

6. Tailor your CV to the job you have applied for

You'll only get invited to an interview if your CV is judged as a good match for the essential and desirable characteristics in the job advert.

So, you should tailor and change your CV to show that you possess all the characteristics that the employer / recruiter required in the job advert.

Look at each section of your CV and ensure that you have demonstrated the experience, skills, qualifications and results expected.

7. Only include relevant qualifications and training

It's important to get across your key qualifications and training courses, but only include what is relevant to the job you're applying for.

Make sure that any qualifications and training courses that are vital clearly stand out, so that employers and recruiters can't possibly miss them.

Lesser qualifications / training can be left off, if you need the space for more important information, such as experience or achievements.

8. Spelling and grammar are still vitally important

9. Always communicate information clearly

10. Your CV must sell you better than other CVs

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