When hiring, it can be a challenge to identify what type of candidate is on the other side of a CV. At eRecruit Solutions, we screen thousands of CVs every day, so know what makes a good one. Here are our top tips for what a winning CV should include.
Real achievers can easily evidence their achievements. Whether it’s sales targets, profit or amount of work completed, quantifiable accomplishments are the sign of somebody who has their eye on the prize. It also takes quite a savvy candidate to include these on their CV as they know that hirers like to know the specific details surrounding achievements.
Anyone who shows a real drive to work for you specifically is worth consideration, even if they don’t possess all the other credentials you’re looking for. Somebody who really wants the job has staying power and the desire to improve, work hard and get results. They also probably want to move up in the company and develop their career. This is arguably better than a seat-filler who has the right amount of experience etc.
A good CV not only has to sound the part, but look the part too. Basic things such as good spelling and grammar and well-written sentences go a long way in suggesting that the candidate has good literacy skills and has taken the time to perfect their CV. If the role you’re recruiting for involves written skills then a well written CV is obviously crucial.
Interesting candidates prove themselves to be so. If you’re looking for someone who is a little different and individual, look for what they do outside of their academic or professional achievements. Volunteering suggests responsibility and reliability, whereas playing competitive sports suggest a competitive and motivated nature.
The importance of this depends greatly on the role for which you are recruiting. Asides from the obvious, it’s possible to tell how experienced a candidate is by the way they talk about their role. Do they know lots of technical terms from within the industry? Do they use these in the right context? Don’t just consider how many years of experience they have, but how much they have achieved in that period of time. Were they promoted?
Of course there is never a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ CV, and you’re bound to come across various formats. However, for recruitment experts, it is clear to see which CVs have potential and which ones don’t. Luckily, eRecruit screen all their applications and only provide their clients with ones that match their criteria.