Your CV is evaluated in just 6 seconds – PR News Blog


A lot of times when we’re looking for a new job, we think our resume is so well prepared that we don’t know how it doesn’t immediately grab the attention of all HR managers. Unfortunately, recruiting professionals have the same time as everyone else… and that means our CV and anyone else is being judged in a very, very short time.

Lindsay Mustain, a former Amazon recruiter, is the author of the book ‘7 Critical Curriculum Mistakes to Avoid’, in which she goes through some concepts to get attention before the critical six seconds, while a manager Resource Spent Humans spend on receiving the first impression of a resume and approving it or rejecting it.

Therefore, it is essential that candidates optimize their CV to make it clear and compelling to any recruiter. Mustain gives three tips for this:

  1. Pay attention to the format
    The most important thing about any CV, and before the content, is the format, according to Mustain. “If I can’t find the information within those three or six seconds, then we have a problem,” he said.

Mustain’s advice is to think “minimalist”. Keep a simple resume design, without photos or gimmicks, so a recruiter can easily scan it and choose the information they need.

  1. Choose what to include
    Then, the content of your CV should highlight two key elements: reach and impact according to the author. Reach refers to the roles you have had experience with and the impact highlights why they were important.

Therefore, his advice is to say what roles or positions we have had and how they translated into results in a direct and rapid manner.

Typically, this reach and impact should also be summarized in a short value proposition or summary at the top of the CV.

  1. Use keywords that are quick to identify
    Third, your resume should be “keyword optimized” for the type of language used by the company you’re applying for, according to Mustain.

There are websites that allow you to compare the language used in the CV with that in the job description. But you can also use a company’s website and social media to see how they relate to customers, users, etc., and use it as a guide, Mustain said.

As a rule of thumb, Mustain says that a master resume should be created based on job descriptions that you consider three dream jobs. Then modify it according to the specific requirements of each job we are applying for.


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