Your CV in 6 Seconds

Sky Languages In-Company Homework

The other day somebody shared with me this image on LinkedIn:descartado

My first reaction was that this is an insult. I thought that it was amazing that the company had dismissed this person’s CV after only 5 seconds. So, I decided to investigate and find out if this is normal or not. And I discovered that it is very normal. In fact, hiring managers spend about 6 seconds looking at a CV before deciding if they call you for a job interview. Shocking! How is this possible? Well, let’s watch this week’s video and talk about it! As always, after the video you have the questions for debate. BTW (By The Way), Résumé is CV in the USA. Enjoy!



  1. Why do you think that hiring managers only spend an average of 6 seconds looking at CVs?
  2. Do you think that 6 seconds is enough to judge a candidate? Why or why not?
  3. Do you think that the type of job they are hiring for affects the time they spend? Why or why not?
  4. Why do they give so much importance to the 5 things that the video mentions?
  5. What do think that they learn from the name?
  6. Are there any other things that you think should be included in the quick scan of the CVs?
  7. What can we do to make our CV stand out in those 6 seconds?

IDIOM: to go back to square one (verb):to start from the beginning again


The client hated our proposal! I guess we have to go back to square one and think of something better.
The new sales strategy is not providing us with the desired results. Tell the sales team to go back to square one.
Every time I start a new project I feel like I go back to square one with my career.

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