How much time does a recruiter spend looking at a resume?

Written by George Smith on Jan 3, '2017

INTRODUCTION:

Most recruiters are generalists and very few are experts in the domain they recruit for. Also understand that they spent very little time looking at a resume- a recent study found that recruiters spend only 6 seconds reviewing an individual resume.



According to the research, recruiters tend to follow a consistent visual path when reviewing both resumes and online profiles, so an organized layout is crucial. Because professionally written resumes have a clear visual hierarchy and present relevant information where recruiters expect it, these documents quickly guide recruiters to a yes/no decision.

In fact, the study found that, using a Likert-like scale** ranking of 1 to 7, recruiters gave professionally re-written resumes an average rating of 6.2 for “usability.” This was a 60% improvement compared with a 3.9 rating before the re-write. This finding supports participating recruiters’ comments that the re-written resumes were “easier to read.”



CONCLUSION:

Follow an organized layout and a strong visual hierarchy; and make sure online profiles are easy-to-read, without distracting visuals. Get some much needed interview practice before your big interview.



 

Topics: Candidate Guide