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How to be the one in 21

Research shows only one in every 21 CVs is looked at by recruiters

On average companies review 21 CVs before extending an offer for an accounting and finance role, according to new research by specialist recruitment firm Robert Half.

However, one in 20 firms will review on average 100 CVs before making a job offer. The research highlights the importance many employers still place on traditional CVs and why candidates need to seek advice from recruitment companies on how to sell themselves on paper to stand out in the face of fierce competition.

10 times more finance professionals look at candidates’ skills and experience before reviewing their qualifications and education listed on CVs. Candidates should therefore focus on showcasing their expertise if they wish to stand out, as just 4% of those reviewing candidate CVs would look at qualifications first.

The average length of stay at each previous employer can have a significant impact on employability, as 25% of those recruiting accounting and finance professionals look at this first on a CV. Lots of short stays at multiple companies may be seen as a red flag for recruiters. The most recent role and job title is the first thing checked by 19% of recruiters. This highlights the fact that job titles remain incredibly relevant and that it is not just a candidate’s salary that determines their perceived standing in the job market.