Get Your Resume Past The Six-Second Scan By Focusing On The Job’s Requirements

We know that recruiters only look at resumes for an average of six seconds, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on making your resume effective. One way to call attention to your resume is to make it clear that you meet the job’s qualification requirements.

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The Careerealism blog notes sadly that too many resumes don’t even address the requirements spelled out in the job ad. If you want your resume to catch a recruiter’s or hiring manager’s attention, make it easy for him or her to see you match the required qualifications:

Either by listing them in the top or calling attention to them in a bold, underlined, or italicized font, and placing them throughout their resume.

Want to put the nail in the coffin? Call attention to the fact you also meet their preferred qualifications. Meeting the required and preferred qualifications — and calling attention to this fact in your resume — makes you a perfect candidate for the job.

You’ll need those qualifications listed on your resume anyway to get past the resume-screening robots, but make sure you place particular emphasis on those listed job requirements for human eyes.

Hit up the link below for more tips on catching an HR manager’s eye with your resume.

3 Strategies For Making It Past The Initial 5-Second Resume Scan [Careerealism]

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