The 30 Second CV Test

Recruiters don’t spend long looking at each CV. Estimates are as low as 6 seconds, but more often it’s said that you have about 30 seconds to impress the reader. It needs to be eye-catching!

Test whether your CV is quickly readable with these things:

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  1. Are your contact details at the top of the page?
    Keep it simple with your phone number, email address and LinkedIn profile.
  2. Have you used bullet point format?
    A large block of text will not be read.
  3. Are the layout and font easy to read?
    Ensure your CV can be read at a glance.
  4. Have you included all relevant experience?
    Your CV shouldn’t contain any gaps or white space.
  5. Have you used effective buzzwords?
    Analyse what the employer is looking for and mention this in your CV.

Find the best scientific CV buzzwords here

Or, find out how to be selective with your application here