WHY THE FIRST PAGE OF YOUR CV IS MOST IMPORTANT

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Most recruiter’s skim reading a CV in less than 30 seconds, you need to think carefully about how you order the information,  Even the most dedicated recruiters skim-read applications, so don’t make it too hard on them to decide that you are right for the job. Your profile is the most important part of the CV and your current job is vastly more important than what you were doing five or ten years ago. Think of the first page as the main event and the first half as the only bit likely to get close attention.

Before concluding on your CV, read it alongside the job specification and ask yourself: have I made it as easy as possible for a very busy recruiter to call me for interview? Here are some guide on how to make your CV simple and easy read.

POSITION YOURSELF TO YOUR TARGET JOB IN THE FIRST PAGE

You have got to get the audience to engage with your CV quickly. This is why a professional profile at the beginning helps. You should position yourself using the job title you are targeting in the first line. Bold the job title to help it stand out. This means the reader can quickly ascertain the relevance of your CV as you have aligned it to what they are looking for.

KEEP THE PROFILE SHORT

Keep the profile to no more than four or five lines. Make sure you say something original and memorable about the personal qualities that define what makes you great at your job. Do not fall back on classic recruitment clichés such as ‘dynamic’ or has ‘excellent communication skills’. Who thinks they don’t have excellent communication skills, Say something different.

And after the profile…

The next section will be dependent on a variety of factors. For instance, if you are a fresh graduate with little or no relevant work experience you might opt to put your education section next and detail the modules, presentations and projects carried out as part of your degree.

 

YOUR CAREER HISTORY

For most people, however, the career history section will go next. This is where any decision about calling you to interview will be made. Start with your most recent job and make sure that you demonstrate specific and measurable achievements. Recruiters love facts and figures as they are unquestionable evidence of you performing well. It is likely your career history will split on both the first and second page which is fine so as long as your most recent job is on the first page.

AND FOR THE SECOND PAGE OF YOUR CV

Sections that would usually go to the back of the CV would be professional development and qualifications with an optional interest’s section. The professional development and qualification sections are less important as they are more of a tick box exercise on the part of the recruiter. You either have the qualification or not and it is not usually a unique selling point as many other applicants may share a similar level of qualification.

You can be flexible in how you order the sections of your CV so think about your strongest points and make sure they are always presented on the first page.

 

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