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.

Their recommendations1 were interesting2:

  1. Remove your profile photo.
  2. Remove all visuals
  3. 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

  1. Both explicitly stated and implied.

  2. 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.

  3. Incidentally, this is how my actual resume is formatted. I exclude my skills list, for instance.

May 23rd, 2014