Your Resume Has Just Six Seconds To Impress Recruiters

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By R. DAVID WENDELL– A new study by TheLadders job board suggests recruiters spend just six seconds reviewing a resume before deciding if the candidate is a good fit.

Despite most recruiters self-reporting that they spend at least four minutes reviewing a resume, the results revealed that they devote only a fraction of that time. The study assessed dozens of professional recruiters during a 10-week period.

The first formal quantitative study of recruiters’ on-the-job behavior is available for download at TheLadders blog.

Alexandre Douzet

Alexandre Douzet

“We knew that the resume is obviously the cornerstone of the job-search process, but we wanted to really understand and facilitate the most meaningful connections between recruiters and job seekers,” said Alex Douzet, chief operating officer and co-founder of TheLadders.

“Our groundbreaking eye-tracking study provides valuable insight around a fundamental question: ‘How do recruiters and hiring managers actually make decisions about candidates?’ Now that we know, we can more efficiently and effectively help our more-than 5 million members find the right match.”

“Eye tracking” is a scientific technique analyzing where and how long a person focuses when digesting information. TheLadders recorded recruiter behavior as they viewed online profiles, different types of resumes, and other forms of candidate information.

One part of the study — “gaze tracking” technology — showed that recruiters spent almost 80% of their resume-review time on the following data points, respectively: name, current title/company, previous title/company, previous position’s start and end dates, current position’s start and end dates, and education.

The findings provided specific data regarding the following: individual resumes and online profile details; specific items that captured recruiters’ attention during reviews; how long recruiters spent viewing each item; how quickly their eyes moved from item to item; and what content was overlooked.

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