Just A Scan: Recruiters Take Only 6 Seconds To Look At Your Resume

November 5, 2013  |  

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Six seconds. That’s how long it takes a job recruiter to size up your resume.

A recent study by job search site TheLadders found that recruiters spend an average of “six seconds before they make the initial ‘fit or no fit’ decision” on candidates.

“The study used a scientific technique called ‘eye tracking’ on 30 professional recruiters and examined their eye movements during a 10-week period to ‘record and analyze where and how long someone focuses when digesting a piece of information or completing a task,” reports Business Insider.

During this blink of an eye, recruiters will look at your name, current title and company, current position start and end dates, previous title and company, previous position start and end dates, and education.

With such little time to impress a potential employer, it is difficult to make a resume stand out. Make it easier for recruiters to find pertinent information by creating a resume with a clear visual hierarchy. In addition, don’t include distracting visuals since “such visual elements reduced recruiters’ analytical capability and hampered decision-making” and kept them from “locating the most relevant information, like skills and experience,” reports Business Insider.

If you think you need a resume refresh, check out our suggestions for a resume re-do.

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