Recruiters Only Look At Your Resume For An Average Of Six Seconds

Many resumes end up at the bottom of the pile, and with the results of a recent study highlighted by BusinessInsider, it's no wonder: recruiters only look at your resume for an average of six seconds before making a decision about you. Here's what information they actually see.

The study utilised eye-tracking technology to survey how long several recruiters engaged with a series of resumes and what information they spent the most time looking at. Those precious seconds came down to this:

In the short time that they spend with your resume, the study showed recruiters will look at your name, current title and company, current position start and end dates, previous title and company, previous position start and end dates, and education.

When you're updating your next resume, make this information easy to find. It seems the rest isn't all that important.

What Recruiters Look At During The 6 Seconds They Spend On Your Resume [BusinessInsider]


    Agree!!!!! I went through 30+ resumes on the weekend and while 6 seconds is a bit quick (I take a minute or two with the decent ones), the details that interest me are the ones listed above. Follow this advice!!!!

    P.S. if you have had a lot of jobs over the last few years put a reason for leaving against each one, otherwise the reviewer will think there is something wrong with your performance (ie. you were asked to leave, don't get on well with others, etc).

    So being unemployed really is a crummy position to be in.

    this is why your resume should have a huge picture of boobs on the front page. You'll increase the viewtime either via interest or disgust.

      A huge picture of boobs, or a picture of huge boobs?

        A huge picture of huge boobs.

    And take the time to set up a clear and attractive layout that makes good use of space and contemporary design conventions. If you suck at design, get help. A badly laid out or cluttered resume will ensure that the actual content isn't read.

    Most don't read them - they do key word searches on them and only look at the ones that come up with the highest hits.

    Your CV needs to handle that

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