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Yes, it’s true, this comes from a report that revealed the average recruiter checks out a CV  for just six seconds before either tossing it or putting it in a pile marked maybe. So basically, you have 6 seconds to impress a recruiter. 

You need to make sure you get past that first elimination round because it won’t be until after that they start looking at you in more detail. They certainly won’t be reading everything about your career at that first glance. So, what exactly are they looking at?

1. Presentation

You need to make sure that your CV is well presented. It should have a unique style without breaking the mold enough that it looks like you don’t know how to format a CV. Make sure that there aren’t too many blank spaces in your style. This suggests that you didn’t have enough information to fill a full resume.

2. The Pitch

The pitch, aim, or goal is what you put at the top of a CV. You need to make sure that in two sentences or less you get across exactly what you want and what you can bring to the table. If it’s not interesting or exciting, you can expect that rejection call to come sooner rather than later.

3. Check It Twice

Finally, you need to make sure that there are no errors anywhere on your CV. It is crucial if you want to look professional, successful, and as though you haven’t quickly pieced it together. If you’re interested in which is more important, proofreading, or editing in this process, take a look at the infographic below to impress a recruiter in 6 seconds.

Editing vs Proofreading (Infographic)
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