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What Are Hiring Managers Looking for on Your CV?

​When looking at a CV, a hiring manager is looking for a number of key things to determine whether you reach the ‘yes’ pile or the ‘no’ pile.

These include:

The ability to do the job

Unless it’s stated that you can ‘learn on the job,’ the ability to do the job in hand is arguably the most important information on any CV which a hiring manager will be looking for. Many hiring managers will be looking for a candidate to hit the ground running.

Hot tip - Don’t just include a list of responsibilities, use quantifiable metrics to back up what you are saying. For example, if you are in marketing, instead of writing ‘I create content for the blog,’ you could write, ‘I create content for the blog and in the 12 months I was there, I increased the readership from 10,000 to 20,000 users and 8 of my articles were picked up in the national press.’


A genuine passion for your job and the industry your work in can easily be translated on a CV. A hiring manager will be looking for cues that you are excited and enthusiastic about the opportunity to join them.

Hot tip - Use phrases such as ‘By implementing…, we were able to improve productivity by 200%’ or ‘By adopting a meticulous and strategic methodology, we were able to…’


Hiring managers will be looking for candidates who have made an effort with their CV and taken the time to do their research.

Applying with a generic CV displays a lack of effort - if you couldn't be bothered to tailor your CV at this stage, a hiring manager could question if you would be bothered to work hard if you got the position.

Hot tip - Do your research! Search the companies careers and LinkedIn pages, research their blog to find out more about the company, find out who the hiring manager is and tailor your CV accordingly.

Who is Spencer Clarke Group?

Formed in 2017, we're a multi-sector recruitment agency, specialising in a range of key disciplines within both the public and private sectors, offering permanent, temporary, contract and fixed term opportunities.

We currently specialise in 8 sectors:

  • Accountancy & Finance

  • Construction, Trades & Labour

  • Corporate Functions

  • Education & SEND

  • Health & Social Care

  • Housing

  • Interim & Executive

  • Surveying, Technical & Engineering


If you’re searching for a new role, why not check out all our latest vacancies atspencerclarkegroup.co.uk/jobs now or upload your CV by visiting here


If you’re struggling to fill a role, why don’t you give us a call on 01772 954200 to see how we can help?

One of our Recruitment Consultants will be happy to listen to the challenges which you are facing and advise on the best possible solution for you.

Alternatively, you can discover more here or submit your vacancy by visiting here.