How to get more job interviews by making a few simple changes to your CV!

Published: 10 Jun 2016

I’m a big fan of statistics as they often hit the nail right on the head without the need for further diatribe. In this blog, I’m going to mention a few hard hitting stats that might just make you think differently about your job hunting strategy.

92% of shortlisting decisions are made solely on the contents of your CV

There’s no telepathy, no osmotic force, no higher being telling the world how great you are - there’s just your CV! If your CV doesn’t tell the reader that you are a strong candidate then how will they know? If you simply list your qualifications and any work experience that you may have, then how will the reader be able to discern that you will be any good at the job they are recruiting for? To not put too fine a point on it – the entire decision to interview or reject you is made on the contents of your CV.

80% of CVs are either poor or need improvement

As I was writing this blog I emailed a senior manager within one of the UK’s leading recruitment businesses and asked what percentage of CVs were: a) weak; b) OK but needing improvement; or c) good. The response was that 80% are either weak or need improvement and only 20% are good. Interestingly 95% of the job seeker population thinks their CV is good so that’s a heck of a lot of people (several million) who are living under this illusion. There is a huge disconnect between what job seekers think they should do and what recruiters and hiring managers want them to do, so make sure you are selective about whose advice you follow.

Six people who apply for every job were better than the person who was hired

We estimate that approximately six people who apply for every job were better than the person who was hired and they didn’t even get an interview. Why? Because their CV was so weak that no one would ever know that they were good at their job never mind the most suitable person for the job they applied for. Now this statistic is more of a guesstimate than the other stats mentioned in the blog but the message here is that many many people get nowhere near an interview never mind a job offer because their CV is simply not hitting the mark.

If you would like to learn more about optimising your CV to get more interviews then watch a FREE recording of the webinar by clicking on the link below.

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By Matt Craven, Managing Director of The CV & Interview Advisors


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