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How to spot the perfect CV in less than three minutes

by , 10 April 2013
If you placed an advert for an open position in your company, it's inevitable that you desk will be filled with a high pile of CVs from job candidates. 'Where do I start' you ask. Don't worry, there's a solution you can use to begin to whittle the pile. Read on to discover seven crucial questions that'll ensure you spot the perfect CV in no time...

Filling an open position is no easy task, especially considering the fact that the cost of selecting the wrong person can run into hundreds of thousands of rand for your company.

Fortunately, there's an effective, less time consuming method that'll help you spot the perfect CV.
To do this simply ask yourself specific questions to shortlist your job candidates.

Spot the perfect CV by asking yourself these seven questions
  1. Is it accomplishment orientated? Everything on the page should be built around achievements. 'It shouldn't just be a laundry list of job titles. Applicants should explain what they've achieved in each position they've held,' explains the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service.
  2. Is it organised? Information should fall under easily understandable general headings, making it easy for you to find facts.
  3. Is it concise? It should be written in crisp phrases, not rambling sentences.
  4. Is it brief? 'It should be limited to two pages, except for the occasional senior executive CV, which can sometimes go on to three,' says the Loose Leaf.
  5. Is it professional? A good CV should include important work – related details, not personal data such as age, marital status, sex, race, family or political afflictions.
  6. Is it clean? It should contain no typos, no misspellings and no correction fluid.
  7. Is it relevant? The CV should emphasise recent work experience. 'A good CV tells you what a person is doing right now, not what he accomplished 15 years ago in university,' concludes the Loose Leaf.

Asking yourself these seven questions will help you spot the perfect CV in less than three minutes.


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