What Do Recruiters Really Look For In Your CV?

When writing role descriptions it is essential to put yourself in the hiring manager or recruiter's shoes.

Think about the evidence you would require to make an informed hiring decision.

Below we answer some FAQs and discuss what hiring managers and recrutiers are looking for in your CV.


1.Your position in the hierarchy.

Are you a team leader? Are you managing or overseeing largescale operations? Are you leading an offshore team? A recruiter's job is to see where you'd fit into a business. Make it easy as mentioned by using industry-standard job titles or mention who you report to.

2. Who you interact with.

In the description of your experience you should state exactly who you interact with in your role; from customers/suppliers to management and external business partners; your new company will want you to have proven experience working with certain business stakeholders.

3. Technology Expertise.

Certain roles will require you to be proficient with a certain software or computer programs. It's a good idea to detail the tools you can use and how you specifically use them within your role.

Did you receive formal training?

4. What work YOU produce.

Describe what tangible work you produce in your position. Outline clearly what YOU contribute to the business.

5. Outline what your company does.

Briefly outline what your company does. Is it a consultancy? Is it a large international company? Is it a small start-up? Does it produce products? Include this information in your CV.

6. Education.

Do you meet the minimum educational requirements set out by the client? This is essential, as often a client uses educational requirements to reduce the candidate pool when recruiting for a graduate-level position. A recruiter often won't have much flexibility when it comes to educational requirements; you either have it or you don't.

7. Numbers.

Figures provide evidence into what return on investment you can offer a company in the position you're applying for. Have you reduced costs? Have you increased a ROI? You can, for example include percentages of targets achieved or the time taken to deliver a piece of work or project. Often metrics are available from the CRM (Client Relationship Management) you use, ask the IT team for more details.

8. Location.

A recruiter will check if a person either; directly mentions they're 'available to relocate', or whether they already live in a commutable location to

where the job is.

Are you a recruiter or a hiring manager?

What are some of the basic things you look for in a CV or resume?

Let us know in the comments!

Article written by Alistair Marriott (Managing Director @ Blackden Consulting)

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