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Why Has Your CV Just 30 Seconds to Win an Interview?

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In this interesting new article you'll:

1. Discover why your CV has just 30 seconds to win you the job interviews that you deserve.

2. Learn about the most common fatal CV writing mistakes that are likely to be costing you interviews.

3. Find out how to make your CV grab an employer's attention in just 30 seconds.

4. Plus our top 10 tips will teach you how to quickly improve your own CV, so you'll win more interviews.

Could it really just be 30 seconds?

Let's look into the mind of an employer

36 Seconds Per Application

Employers are looking for reasons to reject your CV

If you've got 200 CVs for a job vacancy, as we said before, you can't possibly interview everyone of those 200 applicants.

If you just want an interview shortlist of just 5, then you'll need to reject the other 195 CVs, which means that you're really looking for reasons to reject each CV, rather than for reasons to accept a CV.

This is actually fairly easy for an employer to do, because ...

Most CVs are rubbish

How do we know this? Because as a professional CV writing service, Bradley CVs has looked at 1000s and 1000s of CVs just like yours.

The majority of the CVs we see are fairly weak and contain numerous fatal mistakes that will clearly cost the candidates job interviews.

Worse still, some people don't even realise their own CV is weak and have to learn the hard way, by getting rejection after rejection, until it finally dawns on them that it might be their CV.

What fatal mistakes may you have made?

Your CV is your sales brochure to an employer, it must make them want to meet you rather than all the other candidates that have applied if you are to successfully win interviews.

Here's a few of the fatal CV writing mistakes we see:

Even if you're a good candidate you can miss out on interviews if your CV doesn't compare favourable to the better CVs that an employer will receive.

So if you're a good candidate with a weak CV the fastest way you can get more interviews is to improve your CV.

How to make your CV grab an employer's attention in just 30 seconds

Here's Bradley CVs top 10 tips to quickly improve your CV:

  1. Keep your CV short and sweet, preferably 2 pages, remember employers don't have time to read every word on your CV in 30 seconds.
  2. A straightforward layout with section headings that stand out is best, so employer's can quickly find the information they want - make it difficult to read or over complex and they simply won't bother.
  3. Don't go over the top with superlatives, always use language that is appropriate to your job title and the level you're at - you can easily put employers off.
  4. But, don't undersell yourself, your CV must sell you and all your skills and experience, telling an employer why they must interview you rather than all the other candidates.
  5. Whether you're at a high level or just starting out, you must show how you can add real value to the job you're applying for.
  6. Focus on the results and achievements you've had that are relevant to the job you are applying for - make it easier for the employer to say "Yes, this person has what it takes to get the job done well".
  7. Write a powerful Profile statement at the beginning of your CV, this must sell you and your experience to an employer, but again, keep it short - no one wants to read a half page of waffle.
  8. Leave out anything that isn't absolutely necessary, focus your CV on what is listed in the job advert.
  9. Don't include anything that might be construed as negative - if you raise any doubts at all in the employer's mind, then they will quickly reject you and move on to the next CV.
  10. Check your spelling and grammar, errors can make you seem careless with poor attention to detail.

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