It takes 1/10 of a second for a person to judge someone, and it takes the same split second to make a first impression to a new acquaintance.
The first impression is most likely to influence the rest of your relationship with that new person for an extended period of time.
When it comes to the job market, this becomes a very critical issue. We all know that in order to get a chance to be selected for a job position, we have to give a good impression.
But do we really consider that we may not even be given the opportunity to give a first impression, if we don’t get first the attention of the person we want to actually impress?
In the job market, this chance is your CV. In the first place, your only chances to get the attention of your potential employer are on one or two written pages.
Studies have shown that Recruiters spend an average of 6 seconds scanning candidates’ CV and only focus on few keywords when they go through a pile of CVs aiming to find what they are looking for. This is an incredible short time-laps to catch someone’s attention, and you may want to take a shot at it!
I was a Recruiter myself, and this is when I learnt that candidates are not expected to pack all their professional life in one single document. What they are expected to do is to communicate in a simple, structured and clear way what they are good at.
Therefore, here is my tip: when you write your CV, keep it short, focus on structure, be precise and emphasis noteworthy experiences. Show your motivation and the experience that is relevant for your future job!
And start to care about your CV – this is your only chance to get more than 6 seconds of consideration!
Simon Reiser is Founder of CreateValue – The CV Writing Company. CreateValue is the result of a dream: giving each individual, regardless of their age or origin, the opportunity to land their ideal job by having an amazing CV.