If you had to guess how long it takes for a recruiter to review your resume and decide it you are a fit or not, how much time would you guess?
Try 6 seconds, according to a research study done by TheLadders.com.
From doing an “eye-tracking” study, TheLadders.com concluded that recruiters spend 80% of the time looking at the following data areas (eye tracking map provided by TheLadders.com):
- Current title/ company
- Previous title/ company
- Previous position start and end dates
- Current position start and end dates
From those criteria, you can ascertain that those points are important to not only have on your resume, but also be made highly visible.
We asked some of our own Technical Recruiters at Synergis if they felt like this study was accurate to the way they viewed resumes:
Client Services Manager, Mary Kennon Lewis said that she looks at the current place of employment, title, and duration.
Janna Tucker, Recruiting Team Lead, said that she looks at the dates of employment for stability. And also, having an address that is close to the location of the job is something she takes into consideration as well.
So after all of this, what specifically can you do to get your resume noticed by recruiters?
- Clearly state your name and contact information at the top
- Put some thought into your mission statement at the top – but not too much. It’s necessary to have and it is noticed but not a lot of time is spent there (no red on the image!).
- Put your education toward the top. According to our recruiters and the study, it’s one of the longest viewed areas. Make it easy to find.
- Make job titles, length of jobs and company names stand out. Whether you bold, underline or increase font size, make it easily viewable.
Resume writing is always tricky, but knowing what the recruiter is looking for gives you an advantage. Once you follow our tips and get your resume up to snuff, check out our open jobs and get our recruiter’s attention!