How is your job hunt going? With such an overwhelming amount of advice available online, it is easy to be bombarded with insights and suggestions to help maximise your job search.

But statistics do not lie! Therefore, we’ve assembled 14 top facts on CV’s, interviews and recruitment to help you strategise your way to a new job.

  1. 8 million applicants found their job on Twitter (
  2. 77% of prospective employers do a Google search on applicants (
  3. Prospective employers ignore 76% of CV’s due to an unprofessional email address (
  4. 88% of job hunters do not make it because they included their picture on their CV (
  5. There are 10 million active job listings on LinkedIn (LinkedIn)
  6. Each corporate job opening receives an average of 250 CV’s, yet four to six applicants will get an interview and only one will be offered the job (
  7. Recruiters read CV’s over an average time of 5 to 7 seconds (
  8. What do bosses search for before making an offer? 36% seek multi-tasking skills, 31% search for initiative, 21% hunt for creative thinking and 12% look for other qualifications (
  9. Job hunters have a 17% chance of having their cover letter read (
  10. 18.4 million applicants found their job on Facebook (
  11. 33% of 2000 surveyed employers said they know in the first 90 seconds if they will hire that candidate (
  12. Prospective employers receive first applications within 200 seconds after posting a job (
  13. 25 resumes will be seen by the hiring manager, 4 to 6 will be invited for an interview, 1 to 3 of them will be invited back for final interview, 1 will be offered that job and 80% of those receiving an offer will accept it (Talent Function Group LLC)
  14. 94% of job hunters put their study-abroad experience on their CV (

Now that you know a little more information about what prospective employers think and look for, how will you adapt your CV writing style? What email will you send your CV from? Where will you look for work?

Hopefully this has given you lots to consider.

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