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Employers Set High Resume Standards

How NOT To Fall Short Of Them!

According to research, interviewers only spend an average of 10-15 seconds on each CV or resume and reject 82-94% straight away.

This surprised even us, so we timed ourselves on our next recruitment campaign. We found that we spent about 85 seconds on each CV or resume before deciding whether or not to reject the applicant and we declined 80-90% of candidates at this stage.

To be in the top 6-18%, your resume must be good -- very good. You must engage the interviewer's interest immediately and demonstrate quickly how you match their needs. We read resumes and CVs every day and here's our advice.

Resume Standards -- Layout

Design is a matter of personal choice, but do keep your resume or CV simple -- see the free CV examples on the next page for an interesting but simply layout.

Fancy resume layouts aren't easy on the eye and may cause your interviewers to think you're more concerned with style than content! Flair is fine, but don't go overboard.

This is where it pays to have a professional write a resume for you. Their experience gives them a 'big picture view' which you won't have. They know what resume standards are acceptable or not within given industries which can mean the difference between you getting a job interview or not.

What About The Rest Of The Resume?

We've much more to offer you. How To Write A CV Or Resume Part 2 gives advice on the following sections of your resume or CV:

  • Heading
  • Objective
  • Qualifications
  • Work History
  • Key Skills
  • Achievements
  • Interests
  • References

Follow our advice and you'll soon be well on your way to getting that job interview you want and deserve.

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