Recruiters only spend about 6 seconds reviewing a candidate’s résumé to determine whether the person is a potential fit for a position, a recent study (pdf) by TheLadders says.
Compare that with the 4-5 minutes per résumé that recruiters have self-reported in the past.
TheLadders’ report was based on data from an eye-tracking study of 30 professional recruiters who were monitored over a 10-week period as they performed online tasks, including reviewing résumés and candidate profiles.
Below are key findings from the study:
What recruiters look for on résumés
Beyond those six elements, recruiters did little more than scan for keywords to match the open positions.