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

Your CV has 30 seconds to win you a job interview

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In this interesting new article you'll:

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

Most CVs are rubbish

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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