It was widely believed that a resume has 30 seconds to impress the recruiters. With more and more of information load coming in and patience of the people wearing thin, now the study by TheLadders has shown that a resume has roughly 6 seconds to impress the recruiter. A professionally re-written resume does score over other resume. The recruiters were asked to evaluate a large number of variants of resume and they gave thumbs up to the resume which were professionally written. It is not that a writing a professional resume involves rocket science, rather it involves common sense.
The important points which a recruiter looks for in a resume are shown below in a lucid way.
|Name||Current position start and end dates||Current Title/Company|
|Previous Title/Company||Previous position start and end dates||Education|
If you remember these six heads and build up a resume which is organized with clear hierarchal representation, you have more chances to impress your recruiter. The study has revealed that recruiter’s spent 80% of their time on above six heads.
Another important thing about the resume is to use a font which is friendly and common. Colourful resumes with images though look impressive but don’t serve the purpose for which they are intended.
The results were compiled and analysed using eye tracking software by analysing the behaviours of recruiters.
To find out about the full study, view this YouTube video.