Recruiting is a time-consuming process, and for managers hiring for the first time, it can feel overwhelming to work your way through a large pile of CVs.
To narrow down the pool of applicants, it can be helpful to look out for key indicators of genuine passion in each application. Ahead, we look at five ways to recognize the most promising CVs when recruiting.
Good formatting, spelling and grammar
When a CV is formatted effectively and is free from spelling and grammatical errors, you’ll be able to read through it with ease, and find information quickly when you need to refer back to it. If a CV is poorly formatted and littered with mistakes, consider this a red flag.
Technology and online resources have made it easier than ever to create effective, error-free CVs, so failure to make use of such resources can suggest a lack of initiative and poor attention to detail on behalf of the candidate.
A strong CV is usually limited to just one or two pages. Even candidates with lots of experience should be able to condense their work history and skills into two concise sheets of A4.
When a CV is too long, it suggests that the candidate may not know how to choose the most relevant parts of their work history to present to the employer – whereas a concise CV indicates that a candidate has carefully curated their experience to demonstrate their suitability specific to the job that they’re applying for.
Specific examples of achievement