What exactly recruiters look for in your resume

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Thermal scan image of a resume where red spots denote areas read by the recruiter.

You might be thinking why didn’t you get selected even after having a good interview? There might be many reasons but the most common is that many job seekers fail to create an impression through their resume which, as a result, ends up in the bottom of the pile.

According to a study conducted by TheLadders, recruiters spend an average of 6 seconds before they make the initial ‘fit’ or ‘unfit’ decision on candidates. The study was done through eye-tracking technology which showed how long several recruiters engaged in their series of resumes and what information they look for.

The research was done on 30 professional recruiters for 10 weeks using eye-tracking technology that recorded their eye movements and analysed where and how long someone focuses while digesting a piece of information or completing a task.

As per the study, the recruiters spend time on your resume looking 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.

There are certain important things that you must include in the resume which should be visible to the recruiter. Many people carry a view that as long as you have good skills, you will be hired. This is not entirely true because you need to present your skills accordingly in the resume.

Things to Mention/Not to Mention

Your resume, or curriculum vitae in Europe, is the first impression that you can put on the recruiter. It shows your potential and how well you do in your profession.

Usually it seen that people include irrelevant information that casts a negative impression on the recruiter and he/she ends up rejecting it.

As the study suggests, recruiter scans over your job experience, position in which you are working and more importantly education.

Mention your strengths so that the recruiter can know why they should recruit you. When it comes to personal information, make sure you include contact information and marital status. However, don’t go beyond it.

There is no need to mention your hobbies or other similar information because recruiters mean pure business and may not be interested to know what you do in your spare time.

The main goal of preparing your resume is to present yourself in an impressive manner and let them know that you can do the given job very well.

Making your CV Stand Out

Following certain steps while preparing your resume will help in making your resume stand out compared to others. To do this, you need to follow different other resume samples which you can get online. Check out the style, font and most importantly words that are being used to represent yourself.

When it comes to style, many experts do recommend for the functional one because it helps show what exactly makes you perfect for the job. This style of resume also shows that you are confident and fit for the job.

Being creative while making the resume is very much important as your creativity can attract the attention of the person.

3 Golden Steps for a Great Resume

If you want the recruiter to get impressed in one glance i.e. within 6 seconds, then follow these three golden rules:

• Include right combination of education, skills and achievements
• Ability to ensure that you relay the right information
• Create a clean, sober and easy to read resume

Recruiters have to go through hundreds of resumes and selecting the right one is a tough job for them. So preparing your resume in an appealing manner, will surely impress the potential employer and you might be offered the job within a few seconds of their time.

Source: lifehacker, Business Insider, careerealism, learnhowtomakearesume

(Written by Pratish Amin; Edited by Moign Khawaja)

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