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Top 10 CV screening tips

Top 10 CV screening tips

10 Sep 10:00 by Sherrel Solomon

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We know the shortlisting process can be a time consuming and repetitive, but it's imperative that it's done.

CVs are the first point of contact when a candidate applies for a job with your company. A CV will have all relevant information but is two dimensional and only once you've discussed the CV with the candidate will the CV become three dimensional.

That's why our specialist FM and Property recruitment team have put together some tips to improve your CV screening skills.

1.Contact details 

Contact information is an important element in a candidate’s CV. The following should be stated at the top of the candidate’s CV:

  • Name
  • Address or city 
  • Phone number
  • Email address (professional)

2.Digital presence / brand 

Depending on the type of industry, role and seniority of the candidate a link to a website or professional social media profile will show you more about the candidate in question.  

3.Length of CV

We can all be sceptical about reading a CV that is over 2 or 3 pages long or even less than 2 pages. Don't let the length of CV stop you from reading through.

4. Employment and dates

Pay attention to potential gaps in employment as not all candidates refer to specific months. Ensure you ask about previous experiences and why they have gaps in their work history.

5.Skills

Ensure you match skills listed on the CV to your job description and identify the skills that are most required as well as the skills that can be taught by training the candidate. It's also important to assess the existing team and any skills shortages within the team.

6.Achievements and recognition

Look for evidence of cost saving activities, leadership, efficiency and process improvements in addition to awards, recognition and promotions.

7.Personal/ objective statement

Does the statement reflect the candidates experience and career path described the CV, if yes then does their statement match the job description? 

8.Grammar and spelling 

Grammar or spelling mistakes can be a sign of someone who lacks attention to detail. It shows they didn't proofread their CV before sending it off or uploading. 

9.Education 

Check the candidate’s education and academic background matches your basic requirements for the role; education will also allow you to see whether the candidate changed paths throughout the years. 

10.Consistency 

Is there consistency throughout the CV and the candidate’s other profiles such as LinkedIn? Does the information make sense? Both are important questions to ask, if the information doesn’t make sense, throw it away! 

A CV needs to help you identify whether a candidate can carry out the job and the day to day activities it involves. If you have been able to identify this successfully through the candidate’s CV then invite them for an interview to learn more. 

Ideally reviewing CVs can be done quickly and efficiently if you know exactly what to look for. Our team of Facilities Management and Property recruitment specialists know exactly what to look out for when reviewing and shortlisting CVs. Contact our team today to find out how we can help you with your recruitment process.