JOBSEEKERS CAREER MANAGEMENT
Singapore – Chief Financial officers (CFOs) in Singapore need only nine minutes to decide whether your resume is worth reading – the same amount of time you should be spending daily to further your career.
A Robert Half survey found Singapore CFOs are the second fastest in Asia in deciding whether a candidate is worth hiring, spending an average of nine minutes and 32 seconds on each curriculum vitae (CV).
While this varies for each CFO, the survey discovered fewer than 10% spend more than 20 minutes reading a CV, while 36% make a decision in less than five minutes.
In Asia, Hong Kong CFOs spend the least amount of time on resumes (8 minutes 25 seconds), ranking them fastest in Asia and second fastest worldwide. Globally, Singapore CFOs rank fourth, beating the global average of 11 minutes and 17 seconds.
While 10 minutes may seem quick, it is a lot of time for a busy CFO, Stella Tang, Director of Robert Half Singapore, said. CVs form the basis of the script for the interviewer’s questions, so a good CV can lead the interview in the direction the candidate wants it to go.
When it comes to furthering your own career, William Arruda, a branding expert who partnered with LinkedIn on a career management study, said nine minutes is also the perfect time required daily to maintain a healthy and successful career.
“Fitting nine minutes of career management into your daily schedule is all it takes without adding stress or pressure,” he said.
“Nine minutes is the optimum amount of time recommended, because it also gives you complete focus, and educators to psychologists agree that the ability to focus one's attention on a task is crucial for the achievement of one's goals.”
The LinkedIn research revealed more than 81% of Singaporean professionals believe more than 30 minutes daily is needed on career development, which includes activities such as building networks, researching clients and competitors and updating online statuses and profiles to maintain relationships.
Other results revealed that given an hour, 95% of professionals believe it’s more useful to spend time keeping the boss happy than spending time building their network or finessing their CV.
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