Your resume has 6 seconds to impress, study says

According an eye-tracking study, recruiters spend seconds before they decide to toss or keep your resume for consideration. Here’s what they will look at during those few critical moments.

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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

The recruiters in the study spent almost 80 percent of their résumé review time on the following elements:

Beyond those six elements, recruiters did little more than scan for keywords to match the open positions.

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