Does your CV pass the 30 second test?​

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How to Get Your CV to Pass the 30 Second Speed Test

30 seconds may seem like too little time to do anything, but there’s actually a lot you can accomplish in that time frame. Reading these couple of lines will take you about that time, for example. 

But what do 30 seconds have to do with your CV? Well, it turns out that recruiters decide whether or not to call someone based on their CV in only 30 seconds. 

When you consider that important life decisions usually take a lot more time and consideration than that, it can be quite frustrating. 

It’s even more frustrating when you find out that 30 seconds is actually an overstatement. According to research provided by The Ladders 2012, the average time recruiters spend reading a CV is 6.5 seconds. 

When you think of all the hours you spent crafting your CV into existing with excruciating attention to detail, you can get down right angry. But don’t! The takeaway from this is that you have a super short window of opportunity, and you can definitely take advantage of it. 

Now that you know that recruiters spend so little time reading your CV, there’s nothing left to do but come to the realization that you don’t need to provide pages and pages detailing everything great about you. 

On the contrary, a 2-page CV is the way to go. This will provide a concise framework so you can decide what essential information to include with a lot more efficiency. When you have such a limited structure, you must include only what will cause a good impression and have a positive influence. 

Every time you want to add something to your CV, ask yourself: Will this make the reader consider calling me? If the answer is yes, leave it on. If not, use the space for something that will get you that call. 

If you want the recruiter to read your CV for longer than 6.5 seconds (I mean, let’s at least get the 30 seconds, right?!), you want to catch their attention quickly. They’re looking for relevance, so make sure you let them know immediately that you have the right professional profile for the job. 

If your profile is generic, your CV will most likely go in the pile, and it’s all because you bored the reader. That’s just how the world works!

You’ll also want to make sure your CV is easy to read and navigate. If the recruiter is having a hard time finding essential information, they will ignore your CV. So, make sure they can find important information by providing subheadings, bullet points, making sure the font is readable and keeping the sentences short and concise. 

If you follow these easy tips, your CV will pass the 30 second test without an issue. If you don’t believe me, give your CV the test yourself. 

If you can read essential parts of your curriculum in under 30 seconds, then you will definitely catch the attention of recruiters and have a better chance of getting that call!

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