What Recruiters Look at During the 6 Seconds They Spend on Your Resume

13 Apr

How do recruiters QUICKLY scan your resume? Click the image for the the full story AND be sure to click on the links highlighted below the image for more good information!

Is YOUR resume ready to do the job? The above images are based on an eye-tracking study that indicates the “hot spots” that draw professional recruiters.
According to Vivian Giang, writing for businessinsider.com, “Although we may never know why we didn’t get chosen for a job interview, a recent study is shedding some light on recruiters’ decision-making behavior. According to TheLadders research, 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.”

3 Responses to “What Recruiters Look at During the 6 Seconds They Spend on Your Resume”

  1. Rahul Chowdhry April 13, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    Is it true that resumes are initially filtered electronically, and only resumes that have certain key words are picked up on?

    • Mkt 248 Hofstra April 13, 2012 at 10:14 am #

      Yes!!!! That is why (a) your LinkedIn profile should have a bulleted summary that covers your skill set and (b) you need to modify your resume for EACH job for which you apply! Take a look at the Wall Street Journal post in the career section of the blog.

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