The Key Components of your CV

20th August 2013

We came across an interesting article from The Talent Mill recently, which looks at the most important sections of your CV and how to structure it for maximum effect. Below, we have summarised accordingly.
Writing a CV has become much more complicated in recent years than it ever has been. Employing digital tactics to adapt to the online age, including carefully selected keywords for the recruitment robots – it all adds up to a potentially confusing cocktail of components.

Presenting information clearly in a visual hierarchy helps structure the information in a familiar and accessible manner for recruiters. The quicker they see the key information, the more likely they are to read on. 80% of the time spent reading a CV is dedicated to Job Titles, Employment History, Education, Accomplishments and Keywords.

Eye-tracking technology and extensive research has identified these trends, highlighting the areas that recruiters spent the longest reading or visit the most frequent. The right side of the page is very rarely consulted, with most of the focus on the left hand margin (the common place for job titles, employment dates etc.)

Professionally written CVs scored higher than personally written – a testament to the importance of industry know-how. A cleaner formatting technique with clearer information lends itself to a more enjoyable reading experience for the recruiter, and the likelihood of finding the information that they want.

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