first impressions count

We’ve all heard that saying - first impressions count. Our ever reliant Wiki says: “a first impression is the event when one person first encounters another person and forms a mental image of that person.” Your CV is the hiring manager's first impression of you.

So before we turn this into a psychology essay, let’s look at an analogy (we love analogies):

Imagine that you walk into an office, not as presentable as you should be. Your clothes are nice, but they’re not ironed. You’re wearing different socks which can be seen. Yet, you still decide to  walk up to the receptionist and say, “Hello, please give me the time of day?” They would probably look at you and turn you away - to be quite frank.

The truth? Hiring managers and HR Managers offer 6 to 20 seconds per CV. They may offer 2 minutes if you make it short, punchy and have all the right buzzwords.

First thing’s first - Where does your CV go when you send it off

Either the HR managers or hiring managers (the person who you would probably be reporting to). Let's break it down:

  1. Often, the first batch of applicants will be reviewed by HR before being sent on to the hiring manager (especially if you’re applying directly via LinkedIn, Careers24 or similar).
  2. They are likely to receive 10x more CVs than the hiring manager actually has time to interview, so this is where the first culling process happens.
  3. If your CV finds its way to the hiring manager, help them remember you by showing them what they want to see.
  4. Make sure they can pick up all the crucial details at a glance, and can read the full document from start to finish in less than 2 minutes (basically, no more than 2 pages!)

The goal: for them to be thinking “I need to meet this person” every few lines as they read.

How do you get them to look at your CV?  You need to be willing to put in the time and effort required to make the best possible representation of yourself. Curating your professional career to its most minimal form can be a tiresome process, but it is necessary.

Don’t fret, we’ve researched some top tips in order to curate the best possible CV. Check out our blog here or pop us a mail.


TT Team