Is your resume being read? You have 6 seconds. Ready? Go!

July 27th, 2012 | Job Search, Resume | No Comments »

Studies show hiring managers only spend an average of 6 seconds reading each resume. Will you get their attention?

A recent report from The Ladders cites a study that found most hiring managers spend a mere six seconds reviewing each resume for that initial yes/no decision.

It doesn’t sound fair, considering you put an exponentially higher amount of time into writing that resume, but when you remember you’re just one jobseeker in a pool of thousands, it’s really no wonder.

That said, there are ways to refine your resume in order to put those six whole seconds to good use.

The study found that hiring managers spend 80% of their time reviewing the following:

Current title and company
Previous title and company
Current start and end dates
Previous start and end dates

The remaining 20% is spent browsing for keywords.

What does this all mean? It means that if you carefully present the important information clearly, the better your chances of getting that initial “yes” from the hiring manager.

This doesn’t mean, however, that you should neglect the rest of the information typically found in a resume. These six seconds are just the initial review. Should you make the cut and stand out from that pool of candidates, that is the moment when all the rest comes into play. A concise description of your responsibilities, achievements, and skills will help you make your way towards that final hiring decision.

Ultimately, you need to ensure that you have an organized, easy-to-read layout that clearly presents key elements of your resume.

by Clare Saumell