How recruiters scan your resume in 7 seconds

How Recruiters Scan Your Resume In 7 Seconds

Ok so let’s talk about resumes. You guys will be really really surprised to learn that the average time a hiring manager spends looking at your resume is seven seconds. Yeah that’s right, 7 seconds! and you know how quickly seven seconds goes. Now this is a matter for the first screen obviously so let’s say for example on a recruiter that’s hiring for some our intern position or a full-time position has a hundred resumes in front of them, the seven seconds is how long they’re going to go through that part of a hundred resumes or 200 resumes to get it down to the pile where they will look at it more carefully. But the seven seconds is that initial screen, so I just want to show you very quickly what they look at, where their eyes go to, how they quickly scan a one-page document and by the way this is kind of why your resume needs to be one page and and I’ll get into that in a different article about the one page versus two pages but for now the purpose of my blog today is how recruiters read your resume in 7 seconds. It’s really important to keep your resume clean and concise and let me just show you where the recruiters eyes go. So this is based on research that has been done and it looked at many different data points and tracked different recruiters work. So this is what they discovered.

First Screen

So the start with the name and then the education very quickly where they had the degree from and what the degrees are and where they went to school. Then what the immediate job is so if it’s an internship they’ll see that right away and then before that what was other jobs that this person did. For example case there was a job here for two
years and then there was a job before that for two years so the eyes is basically going to scan the title and
the length of time that’s pretty much it. The scan education bit, the name of the degree in the school and then the the names of the companies and the length of time that they worked at those companies and that’s that’s it.

Bullet Points

Alright so now after that of course once you make that screen then comes all the important stuff that that we teach you know we take so much pain to teach such as you know how it’s critical to make sure that every single bullet point is optimized and you talk about a result in each of it. NO JOB DESCRIPTIONS, you’ve got to focus on results and impact what is it that you you accomplished and then putting in numbers data to support what you’re
saying so after that screen then what they are looking for is what their eyes are going to scan exactly as my eyes are scanning right now is this kind of thing right so here in this particular resume I just literally in the end up
in it in a couple seconds they highlighted just what my eyes caught and it’s stuff like you know they increased something good by X percent so good things to increase that things like sales and revenues and customer
satisfaction scores, bad things to decrease the costs and inventory, turnaround and customer complaints. Ok so all your resume bullets should start with very strong verbs such as led, drove, tracked, launched, developed, implemented,increased, doubled so here for example, an applicant has doubled annual sales volume by 22 million and expanded coverage from 5,000 to 21,000 client for a key product line by blah blah blah or and let the development of an education campaign to raise awareness of blah blah targeting 200-plus and clients across the New Zealand or and drove key parts of a strategy to increase the critical metric brand recommended most often by five percent in 2016 or re positioned brand image and recovered market lost by five percent and gains 200 new clients. Alright I just gave very quickly some examples but as you can tell there is enough numbers here that are popping out at me such as percentage symbols, there are the hard numbers there are dollar symbols and millions of something, five million of something so then in that second stage those are things that my eyes are going to scan from.


All right so in summary the seven second scan on your resume is going to be on your education, your work experience in total, what were some of those work experiences where did you work, where you go to school and then in the second screen they’re going to scan for key accomplishments, key results numbers you increase, the positive metrics, like sales and revenues. Decreased negative metrics like costs and customer complaints. And then you
start every bullet point with strong action groups. All right! hope that was helpful.

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