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What Recruiters Look At During Those 6 Seconds They Spend On Your Resume – Read On To Know About It

What Recruiters Look At During Those 6 Seconds They Spend On Your Resume – Read On To Know About It

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Researchers have always been known to research about relevant yet highly intriguing topics and this time they have come up with a new research subject, one which has been of importance and still remain of importance for the bunch of us trying to prove our mettle out there in the World, falling over each other to secure all those juicy job offers – and the only proper way to go about it is by composing and writing a well-structured, realized and conversational resume which both informs and grabs the attention of the recruiter. And this is where the researchers have trained their eyes – asking a question which has been asked countless times by employees or students looking for a job or an internship – what do the recruiters look for/at when they go through a resume?  The researchers might have come up with an answer,  not to what the recruiters look for, but to how they look at what they look.

For starters, the employers don’t spend a hell lot amount of time on our resumes – our profiles deserve only six seconds of the recruiter’s life- less, but definitely not more. Six seconds is all it takes for our future dream job to be either secured or rejected, which may seem like a very little time to be spent on a masterpiece that you think your resume is.  According to The Ladders Research, recruiters will, at a glance, skim through the details which don’t really need a lot of imagination – your name, current company and the position you hold, past companies and the positions you held, start and end dates. This they do within six seconds, and decide whether a candidate fits the profile they seek or not. This conclusion is derived through a technique called “eye-tracking”,  for which about 30 professional recruiters are examined during a period of ten weeks. During these weeks, the eye movements of the recruiters are recorded and analyzed so as to get a clear idea of  “where and how long someone focuses when digesting a piece of information or completing a task.”

This experiment proves to be important, as is evident through two sample resumes provided by the institution – the one which is projected on the right side of an image divided to fit the two said resumes, is where the recruiters’ focus is found to be more, and they spent a lot more time going through it thanks to its format structured perfectly in a hierarchy, neatly divided and peppered with clear headings and consequently well-arranged sub-points. Meanwhile, the resume on the left looks like a sort of an essay more than a resume, having a flow but which remains largely undivided and looks as if the information is piled up sentence upon sentence. The resume might be clean, but it isn’t well-structured, and thus it gets the deserved treatment. The heat map of recruiters’ eye movements, therefore, focuses on the former more and only grants a glimpse to the latter.

The research is highly based within sociological factors of the modern world where everything depends largely on pace, efficiency and the delivery of a product which is both intellectually hefty yet technologically fast.  So with the resumes, the profile should contain a clear visual hierarchy such that it allows the eye of the recruiter to fall right on the information which is of relevance. With critical time-constraints in any professional industry today and the utmost importance granted to speed and effectiveness, it becomes highly important that the hopefuls should dispatch all the irrelevant material out of their resumes, stop creating lengthy, overtly boastful masterpieces which reduce the recruiter’s analytical ability and decision-making and start creating a resume profiling “life skills and experience”- abilities which could land them their dream jobs.

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