A Shocking Recruiter/Resume Statistic

Per this article and a new study from TheLadders, recruiters spend an average of six seconds before deciding whether a resume is a “fit” or “no fit.”

The study analyzed the eye movements of recruiters, revealing their visual patterns. Per the article:

In the short time that they spend with your resume, the study showed 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.

The two resumes below include a heat map of recruiters’ eye movements. The one on the right was looked at more thoroughly than the one of the left because of its clear and concise format:

So, what can we take from this? First off, resumes – while essential – can often be over-thought. This study proves that resumes are truly a formality. People who spend a majority of their time on a resume hoping it will help them get their foot in the door aren’t being realistic. Networking is still your best bet at “getting in.”

Secondly, it shows us where to focus. It’s clear that you need to make sure your name, current title and company, current position start and end dates, previous title and company, previous position start and end dates, and education are easy to find via browsing o your resume, ensuring the recruiter sees your relevant experience and education and puts you in the “fit” pile.

Do you find this new information surprising? Are there any other key findings that stood out to you?


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