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Published on 14 April 2022

We ask our experts what the things that stand out to them when looking at a candidate's CV are.

Getting through to the interview stage can often be the hardest part of the hiring process. Recruiters and hiring managers will sometimes look through hundreds of CVs a week, so in order to be within the handful of applicants that get put forward to a potential employer, your CV will need to have some distinctive qualities.

Sometimes it's hard to imagine exactly what an employer will be looking for in a candidate - so we asked our experts!

Here, some of our recruitment consultants and managers give the top things they look for when considering someone's CV.

TERRELL HUNTER - HARLOW BRANCH.
"I’ve had a few candidates that have had 2 or 3 up-to-date CVs that are tailored to certain job types if they are more open to different roles. It helps to highlight the parts that are specific to the role, without having an extremely long CV that most people won’t read completely through."

EMMA BROOMFIELD - EXETER BRANCH.
"Try to include some achievements. These can be examples of how you've gone above and beyond for an employer, improvements you may have made to a business or positive figures that emphasize your impact."


ADAM REYNOLDS - CORNWALL BRANCH.
"Separate sections out with headers, bold writing, underlining or bullet points. If your CV is all in one font size with limited spacing and formatting, it makes it difficult to read past the first paragraphs. Also - keep it short and sweet! 2 pages is plenty."

PETE HIGGINS - NORTHAMPTON BRANCH.
"If you have qualifications relevant to the job you're applying to, adjust your CV to ensure that these are at the top of that list. And make sure you thoroughly spell-check your CV. So many CVs we see have little spelling mistakes which can easily be rectified."

KATHY RUSHER - OXFORD BRANCH.
"Keep your LinkedIn up to date, and include the LinkedIn URL on your CV. This is a great way to showcase your skills, interests, abilities and recommendations on your work."

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Things recruiters and employers look for on a CV.