We all know the basics; try to stick to one page, keep it simple and relevant, and check for spelling mistakes. But what makes a CEO keep reading past the seven seconds?
Lorna Davidson is an entrepreneur with a background of successfully building and managing businesses and knows a thing or two about separating remarkable resumés from the mediocre.
When it comes to CV’s, first impressions count, as recruiters make a decision on whether to discard an application or not in just seven seconds.*
Lorna Davidson, founder and CEO of short-term recruitment specialist, RedWigWam offers expert advice on how to make your CV stand out from the crowd and land that dream job in 2019.
“The top three things I hate seeing in a CV are spelling mistakes, inaccuracies in dates and someone not selling themselves.
“In a competitive job market, it’s important to stand out from the crowd. An interesting hobby or life experience makes applicants more memorable and in turn, makes me more likely to contact them.”
“An impromptu phone call is a great way to understand candidates quickly, so before you submit your CV ensure you’re really familiar with it and can confidently talk about your experience when asked. If you’ve exaggerated on things or lied about dates, this is when you’ll get caught out, which is an instant no for a future employer.”
“People are becoming lazier when applying for jobs; if you are applying for lots of roles it’s important to tailor your CV to each job specification and include your skills which are relevant to that job. Taking those few extra minutes to check for inaccuracies and add something different to your résumé could be the difference between landing that dream job offer or another rejection.”
In 2014, Lorna, an entrepreneur with a background of successfully building and managing businesses formed The Mothership Group, a set of service-related businesses, including online recruitment agency, RedWigWam.
Today RedWigWam has a community of 74,000 workers. It provides them with all the benefits of being fully employed – such as National Insurance and tax paid at source, pension contributions and holiday pay – with all the benefits of doing flexible work, regardless of how many hours they work.
To find out more, visit: www.redwigwam.com
*Source: The 7 Second CV (2019) James Reed [Book].