At VMR Consultants we value our candidates as people not products. With this in mind we take a vested interest in the presentation of our candidates, from arranging transport to dress code to interview preparation. Writing a strong CV is your first step towards securing a new position. It gives potential employers an initial impression of you and can even be more important than the interview itself.
In the short time that HR authorities spend deciding whether or not to consider a candidate’s CV (around 6-10 seconds) they will focus on current and previous title, company, position, education, start and end dates. It is therefore critical to place this information in a clear visual hierarchy away from elements that might distract or otherwise hamper the client’s decision-making process.
Ask our recruitment consultants for specific advice and follow our simple CV guide to learn how to sell your skills and capitalise on your most valuable assets.
The manager recruiting for the position that you apply for will be faced with an enormous pile of CVs which will likely be split into 3 piles:
For your CV to land in the Yes pile it must clearly state the skills you have to offer, ideally with your most relevant skills listed at the top. An initial scan of your CV takes only a second so your skill-set needs to be discernible – this is particularly important in technical recruitment. Check out our IT-oriented "Yes and No" Guide for passing the initial CV screening.
These pointers are by no means exhaustive, there are a number of miscellaneous elements to factor in that will vary depending on the specifications of your vacancy.
For example, researching the company and its employee might afford you some insight into whose desk your CV will land on. It is likewise advisable to break down your technical skills by project, the number of staff involved, timescale, technologies worked with and your personal role could all be relevant and impressive details for your prospective employer.