How Recruiters Review Your Resume
Stumbled upon a really fascinating heatmap-based study (PDF) on how recruiters review your online resume. This quote struck me:
In fact, the study’s eye tracking technology shows that recruiters spent about 6 seconds on their initial “fit/no fit” decision.
I think I average 30 seconds or so once a recruiter has done an initial “fit” screen. I’ll have to ask our recruiting staff if this holds water or not.
- Remove your profile photo.
- Remove all visuals
- Clearly state your Name, current title/company/employment dates, previous title/company/employment dates and education. These are the 80% of the 80/20 rule. Everything else is fluff.3
Both explicitly stated and implied.↩
It should be noted that this study was done by The Ladders, which is a job board, and they clearly state that they think their style of profiles are superior and are the model to be followed. So, you know, take that as you will.↩
Incidentally, this is how my actual resume is formatted. I exclude my skills list, for instance.↩