//What do employers really look for in a CV?

What do employers really look for in a CV?

What employers are really looking forAs a job seeker it is extremely difficult to know what employers look for in a CV. Getting the perfect balance between selling yourself in a believable way, whilst making yourself stand out from the crowd is a fine art in itself.

Here at Resource On Demand, we have helped many job seekers find their dream jobs. As part of our service we offer advice and tips on perfecting your CV.  We understand that every organisation is different and will look for different things within a CV, but with our Career Adviceexperience of working with a variety of companies, we have put together a list of key aspects employers will look at when reviewing a CV:

Spelling and grammar: 

Never underestimate how important spelling and grammar is within a CV and do not rely on spell check alone. Particularly for CVs that may contain lots of acronym’s. In roles where written communication is an extremely important part of your job function, such as writing proposals and documentations for customers, it is important that you showcase your written skills off to their best.  CVs that contain grammatical errors or spelling mistakes will be a turn-off for a potential employer. And, is often the easiest thing to correct.  Once you have written your CV, pass it to a friend or colleague to have a read through, before you submit to any potential employers or recruiters.


Unless you are an intern (or applying for a graduate position) employers want individuals to have relevant experience for the position they are applying for. This is particularly important in roles such as IT, where you may find yourself the sole person responsible for a customers IT system, or running meetings with C-Level / Stakeholders of a company.

Consider how you wish your career to progress, and what types of positions you need to look for in order to gain relevant experience along the way.  Ideally your CV should reflect logical career progession with an end game in mind.

Length spent at previous / current employment:

Hiring people requires a lot of time and effort on the part of the employer, so when they are considering individuals they will look for people that show a certain amount of loyalty and often question the individual if they have been in permanent employment for less than 12 months.  They may not consider individuals for permanent jobs, if they appear on the CV to be a job-hopper.   

However, if you are a contractor, don’t panic!  Employers understand that contractors will move jobs more frequently, and will ask about the number of projects you worked on at each assignment, so you can preempt this by including the number of projects within your CV. 


What certifications you hold are essential for companies, and show that an individual is committed to their chosen career, therefore always make sure you list out industry certifications near the top of your CV.  However, if you are in an industry where certifications need to be  retaken periodically, remember to include the dates that you last sat your exam, so your potential employer can see that they are still current.

If you are looking for your dream job, then contact rod@resourceondemand.com and one of our consultants will be in contact with you.

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