What Are Hiring Managers Looking for on Your CV?

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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? 

Since 2017, we've been changing the face of recruitment. From our employees, to the way we do business, to the culture within our office, we're determined to make a difference and create a positive impact on everyone around us.

Recruitment to us isn't just about matching candidates and clients; we’re passionate about finding candidates the perfect job which has the ability to boost their salary and standard of living, better their work life balance and improve their mental health. 

Similarly, we understand the impact which an experienced and skilled employee can make to a business and we love seeing clients thrive through the hard work of candidates which we have placed with them. 

We operate in two sectors:

Private Sector

Public Sector 

In eleven specialisms:

Accountancy & Finance

Education & SEND

Construction, Trades & Labour

Healthcare, Social Care & Nursing


Corporate Functions & Business Support

HR & Workforce Development

IT & Digital

Property & Asset Management  

Planning, Development & Regeneration 

Highways, Infrastructure & Engineering

If you’re searching for a new role, why not visit our job page to take a look at the latest opportunities? Alternatively, upload your CV and one of our experienced consultants will contact you when a relevant opportunity becomes available. 

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 consultants will be happy to listen to the challenges which you are facing and advise on the best possible solution for you.

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