Your CV is the first point of contact between a candidate and an employer.  In order to to make sure your CV gets you shortlisted for interview it is is critical to make sure this first impression is a good one.

With competition for jobs high, you should make sure that your CV is specific to the job.  There is very little point in cramming your CV with skills that are not relevant for the job applied for.  The skills you include and how you highlight them is important.  A  targeted CV will address this issue.

Here are the things that recruiters look for.  These points are vital if you want to make sure your CV gets you shortlisted for interview.

46%  scan for skills first.

23%  look for experience.

15%  pore over qualifications

10% note the achievements

5%  check for awards and citations

2%  are interested in personal details

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The Times Jobs survey also showed that three out of five hiring managers say that although industry knowledge is important, soft skills or non-technical skills are important factors when hiring a candidate

33%  of recruiters feel communication skills are crucial.

30%  look for leadership skills.

26% consider teamwork & collaboration skills as pivotal.

22% focus on analytical skills.

20% give more kudos to adaptability.

17% say planning and strategic thinking skills are important.

Source: TimesJobs study of recruiters and hiring managers. Figures may not add up to 100 due to multiple choice answers