CVs that catch the eye

Source: Management Today

Ever wondered why you didn't get a callback for that job application you thought you were perfect for? It turns out it could be that your CV just wasn't very eye-catching, suggests research by US jobsite TheLadders. According to the website, recruiters spend a grand total of six seconds reviewing each CV. Ordinarily, considering the research is basically selling TheLadders' professional CV-rewriting services, we might normally ignore it but one thing caught our eye. The company tracked the eye movements of recruiters over a period of 10 weeks to see what they look at the most.

Here's a heat-map of its findings:

CV Heat-Map

The study found 80% of a recruiter's time is spent looking at your name, current title/company, previous title/company, previous position start and end dates, current position start and end dates and education. All that other stuff you've spent hours crafting the skills that make you look like Indiana Jones on his day off, the introductory paragraph that makes you sound like a cross between Steve Jobs and James Bond? It turns out that they're not as important as you thought. It's your career that really counts. But you knew that anyway. Do you fancy fine tuning or updating your CV? Why not attend a Career Development CV Writing and Interview Confidence course. Links below.