How to spot a great CV as quickly as possible

Knowing how to spot a great CV can make all the difference when it comes to recruiting your next travel professional. The most sought-after candidates will have the right skills, experience, talent and personality. Your hiring success may depend on being able to recognise these individuals via their CV before your competitors.

The average employer spends approximately 10 seconds pre-screening CV’s, therefore it is extremely important to be able to make good decisions efficiently.

Having been in travel recruitment for a long time, I’ve learnt how to spot a great CV quickly. Read my tips below to enable you to do the same, with confidence:

  1. Formatting  A polished resume speaks volumes about a candidate’s attention to detail and often their suitability for the job. It goes beyond strong content and is professionally formatted with ample space, clear signposts and a panache that grabs your attention. Impeccable spelling, grammar and overall editing are highly attractive. Candidates who are genuinely eager to impress will take care to ensure their CVs are correctly formatted and show relevance to the travel role they are applying for.
  2. Location  In recruitment, one of the main reasons for a candidate turning down a role or accepting a counter-offer, is location and associated commute time. It’s imperative that the move will make sense for the candidate in the long term for them to commit. Start your selection process by checking the candidate’s address. Knowing hot to spot a great CV is a lot about making common sense decisions such as this. Don’t over complicate your search.
    Many job hunters go on an initial application spree and submit CV’s to many roles that are broadly suitable, sometimes regardless of location. Save everybody’s time by limiting your initial selections to candidates within a reasonable radius of your company, unless they state on the CV that they’re looking to relocate. A good candidate will understand and will state their geographical suitability clearly.
  3.  Continuity  Gaps of over 6 months in employment are often a warning sign. A great CV won’t have any unexplained career gaps. Ones that do will note the reasons, such as maternity leave or travelling. Similarly, having more than two or three jobs in a 12-month period can sometimes be a warning sign that your candidate is not a long-term prospect. A great CV will show a good average length of tenure.
  4. Education  Most roles require a minimum level of education, but some need more specialist qualifications and academic achievements. The education section of the CV should be well structured, with any specialist qualifications clearly highlighted. If the education section is missing, an employer would be forgiven for thinking the candidate is hiding a lack of qualifications or attendance. Again, don’t think too hard about how to spot a great CV quickly. Put it in the discard pile and move on.
  5. Attention to detail  You don’t need to read the entire document to know hot to spot a great CV. A quick scan may turn up multiple spelling mistakes and poor sentence construction in the first few paragraphs. If these are immediately obvious, save yourself time and stop there, especially if other essential requirements are missing. A lack of care or attention to detail in a CV doesn’t bode well for the candidate, especially if the role on offer requires a precise and detailed focus. A great CV will have been checked and re-checked then checked again.

While a CV only offers a small snapshot of a candidate’s experience and character, it is often a very good indicator whether the person behind it has potential to be the right candidate. It is up to the candidate to prove to the employer that they are suitable for the travel role. The first test of their suitability is through their CV submission. Use these tips on how to spot a great CV to narrow down your search and make the right interview decision.

What tips do you have for recognising a great CV quickly? Let us know in the Comments.