This is why you have 6 SECONDS to make a FIRST impression…
The Ladders did an eye scan study in that proved just how fast recruiters initially go over your résumé and what they look for. 6 seconds. 6 things.
Also note, that was back in 2012! In contrast, today with smartphones you are getting so much coming at you. Indeed, hiring managers get 100s of applications.
So, you’d better s̶̻̪̩̘̪̬̘̼̑̇̓̔̚̕͠t̵̛̝̻̺̝͚͐́̈́̚á̴̛̫͙̭̺̰̤̖̺̅̆͜ñ̷͚̝̗̯̬̰̑̿͝͝d̵̼͔͕̄ ̸̛̱̙̜̟͎̣̟͓̥̹̐͂͆͑̽o̸̜̓̃̿̐́̂̿u̵̢̨̮̗̥̤̪̾̅̓͐̓͋̕͝t̶̝̙̖̭̽̿͗̌̔̍̊̒͜. But in a good way!
I’d venture to say this means you get 3 seconds or less now, for the decision to even keep reading.
Red Hot FLOW
The following do-it-yourself résumé shown on the left barely got a glance. And mostly in one area.
On the other hand, look at the red on the right (professional) one below. It’s all over the place! Thus, getting you a better initial scan and interest.
As you can see in the red areas, this is where their eyes focus the most. You want to leverage those most-read areas…
Sample Résumé 1 – BEFORE
Here’s what I’m talking about. First of all, notice this sample résumé format is hard to read due to it looking all the same.
Furthermore, it has big blocks of text. (Did you see how I just broke that up to make sure you saw this sentence?! 😉
Sample Résumé 1 – AFTER
In contrast, with this résumé example that I redid, it has lots of white space and will allow a good eye scan…
CONTENT is Key
Certainly, content is key. Why? Because recruiters and hiring managers are looking for 6 things (per the Ladders study and continual anecdotal evidence I hear from clients):
3) current job title
4) current company
5) past job title
6) past company
RESUMES that RESONATE
✔ Above all else – RESULTS MATTER. I’m talking short bullets with no pronouns like “I” or “We”.
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