30 seconds: that’s all the time your CV has to work
Published: 17 Nov 2014 By Neville Rose
It’s worth taking the time to think about this: on average most employers spend less than 30 seconds reading a CV. It may seem unfair on the applicant who has spent hours crafting their CV. But you have to think about it from the point of view of the recruiter. They may have a huge pile of CVs on their desk. A recruiting manager waiting impatiently. Employers are generally under significant time pressure to recruit so, as an applicant, you need to make it as easy as possible for them to say ‘yes’.
A two page CV is ideal for almost all job seekers. You need to get your story over quickly so there is little point in writing comprehensive detail across many pages. Focus on your most recent work history. That is usually representative of where you are at and what you will take to your next employer.
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