What Do Hiring Managers Want To See On The Front Page Of Curriculum Vitae?

The front page of a CV must capture the attention of the reader

The front page of a CV must capture the attention of the reader

In today’s increasingly fast paced world of business – ‘less is more’ may certainly be true when it comes to the candidate curriculum vitae.  But what content do Hiring Managers really want to see on the ‘front page’ or ‘one pager’ of the candidate’s curriculum vitae to win their attention?

Given that a candidate must win the attention of the Hiring Manager within the first 10 seconds of opening the document, the front page content must target the ‘hot buttons’ of the role and clearly communicate the candidates value proposition to the reader.

So what information does the Hiring Manager want to see on the ‘One Pager’ or ‘Front Page’ of the candidate’s curriculum vitae?  What are your thoughts?

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4 comments on “What Do Hiring Managers Want To See On The Front Page Of Curriculum Vitae?
  1. Sam Young says:

    Hi Craig, I note you aren’t a member of the Career Development Assocation of NZ (CDANZ)… any reason?


  2. Hi Craig,

    I’m overhauling a lot of CV’s with the redundancy packages I am offering employers who are having to let staff go.

    The main thing I need to include on the first page are their name and the document name ie Curriculum Vitae with up to date and complete contact details (sounds obvious I know but so often they are missing all or some of that info), an opening Profile/Objective (who, what, why, where, how, what they are looking for, when they’re available), Key Transferable Skills including any relevant qualifications bullet pointed and if theres room on the first page a snapshot of jobs and dates. Then having the ‘proof to the pudding’ on the next 3-4 pages on what they did, when, where etc. I have found myself referring to LinkedIn on occasion to see whether the candidate has made more of an effort there (which they sometimes have) but I’m also finding lots of discrepancies with dates and job titles between the two – not a good look!

    Kirsty Morrison
    One2One HR and Recruitment Outsourcer


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