How can I maximize the chances that my CV will not be rejected after six seconds?
How can I maximize the chances that my CV will not be rejected after six seconds?

How can I maximize the chances that my CV will not be rejected after six seconds?

As with all kinds of writing, you need to imagine that you are the reader, in this case a recruiter. Don’t think of ways to impress the recruiter. Instead think: how can I make my CV easy and quick to read? This means:

  • understanding and facilitating the priorities of the recruiter (i.e. their top priority is to find the right candidate in the minimum time possible with the minimum effort)
  • avoiding big chunks of text by inserting white space
  • avoiding unnecessary information (e.g. if you are a PhD student applying for a job in industry, the recruiter will probably not appreciate seeing the long list of papers that you have published)

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