What really recruiters looking for when reviewing candidate’s profile?

We usually look for the flags or sign that may allude to high performers, culture fit, loyalty and flexibility.

A well experienced recruiters are experts in reviewing profile. I can say we can shortlist one CV in just a few seconds. Just one look! So CV or profile presentation is very important to catch the attention of the recruiters.

Here are some of ideas how we judge a profile.

High Performer Flags

Complete profile – A candidate who has taken time to complete his/her profile may demonstrate being detail oriented and a serious job seeker.

Results & data driven – Inclusion of numbers in profile descriptions like growth percentage, sales development etc can provide evidence of being analytical and result driven.

Group & community involvement – Profile that shows membership to some groups or volunteer organizations alludes greater interest/connection to certain industries and their community.



Red Flags

Mistakes & typos – profile that have typos, grammatical errors, and poor formatting demonstrate lack of attention to detail.

Short job tenure – profile that shows frequent job hopping could indicate poor relationships and quick burn out.

Vague wording – Use of ambiguous language, such as “familiar with’ and “participated in” could imply you didn’t actually work on the project; you simply assisted in a way.

Unprofessional photo – it is a big NO. It imply that you are not aware of how to present yourself in a Professional environment.

I have seen so many CVs with inappropriate photos and it is irritating to the eyes of a recruiter like me. If I am going to use only a gut feeling when choosing a profile I will 100% ignore that kind of CV. I have seen photo on CV in full body holding a bouquet of flowers, pets photo, wearing t-shirt and recently an ugly duck! The CV looks so promising and technically qualified but I had this second thought if I shall shortlist this candidate because of the “ugly duck” photo in it. I was wondering and until now I really don’t know the answer why an Engineer in senior level profile will put an “ugly duck photo” as a representation of himself. Anyway, the bottom line here is to take time in preparing your CV and your online profile. This is the key for you to get a chance to be selected and called for an interview.

Good luck 🙂