What Is The Hiring Manager Looking For? | CV Saviour

Does your CV measure up to the Hiring Manager screen?


The goal of the Hiring Manager is to employ the most qualified candidate for the job, and one who will fit into their organisation. They are likely to be held accountable for your performance on the job. Depending on the structure of the organisation and the recruitment process, they may only see your CV after it has been screened by a Recruitment Agent, and their HR Department. When the Hiring Manager reads your CV they are looking to see if you have the skills to be successful in the position that is available, based on your past experience and training.

Within a few seconds, they want to know:

a) your current level;

b) the roles and functions you performed;

c) the settings you performed them in;

d) past experience; and

e) current expertise.

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What hiring managers look for when they read your resume


FORMAT – Make it easier for hiring managers to read your resume. Is it the format easy to follow? Is it well-organised? Check your font type, text size, and margin. Keep the formatting consistent throughout your CV.

ROLE COMPATIBILITY – Highlight your skills and experience that perfectly match the company’s job qualifications. Make sure that most relevant accomplishments are the most visible. With your resume alone, you’d want to convince the hiring manager that you are what they’re looking for.

WORK HISTORY – Hiring managers would want to know who you worked for in the past and for how long. What have you done in your previous work that relates to and will be of big help to the company. Describe your accomplishments for each role and what challenges were you able to solve. What are the projects you successfully worked on and how is it relevant to the position you are applying for. Make sure that the job description that is described for the new position is a direct match to those responsibilities on your experiences at past employers.

MEASURABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS – Use figures to describe your accomplishments. Use specific metrics, like percentages, to describe your contributions in the projects you worked on previously. Quantify your achievements. This will help hiring managers have a better perspective of your capabilities for the position.

RELEVANT SKILLS – Include important keywords that matches the job description. Clearly describe your skill set. Also mention licenses or certifications you have that are important for the position you are seeking.

CONSISTENCY – Make sure that the chronological order in your employment history is consistent. Be careful with the dates and job positions you’ll list down in the Work History and Education sections of your resume.

(updated 2019)

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