One in five recruiters makes a decision on a candidate’s resume in less than 60 seconds while the average time spent looking at a cv is only three minutes and 14 seconds, according to a research study.
New research from New College of the Humanities shows that a fifth of employers have discarded a CV before getting to the end. It identifies the top 10 CV hates by employers in the UK:
The research found many applicants use cliches, for instance, almost half claim to ‘work well independently’, whilst a third say they’re a ‘team player’.
The research has identified employer’s top 10 most over used CV phrases likely to put them off potential employees:
One in eight candidates have applied for jobs with a typo riddled CV and nearly one in ten have been creative with the truth about length of employment at previous companies; one in 20 have bent the truth about their previous position and a similar number have even lied about their references. The study shows almost twice as many women (11%) lie about their hobbies and interests compared to men (6%).
A third have applied for five roles without a response and one in 10 people have applied for more than 50 jobs and never heard back.