Monday, June 4, 2012

How Recruiters See Your Resume at First Glimpse

How Recruiters See Your Resume at First Glimpse.

The Business Insider suggests this information about how recruiters see your resume in the first 6 seconds:

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."

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.

If we compare two resumes below through a heatmap and the recruiters' eye movements, you will see that one (on the right) was looked at more thoroughly than the other (on the left) because of its clear and concise format.

*It needs to be noted that you should make it easier for recruiters to find pertinent information by creating a resume with "a clear visual hierarchy and don't include distracting visuals."Source

We at IWRITE can make sure that your resume gets the respect and attention it deserves from recruiters who have time restraints when viewing your resume. They know what they want 'visually' as well as skillfully in their next job candidate so let's make sure yours catches their eye!

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