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I’ve heard it said in various ways that you get a 5-, 7-, or 30-second initial scan from the hiring manager. I can tell you personally, that as a hiring manager with 100+ resumes to go through, my initial scan was about 5 seconds long, and I was looking for something to catch my eye. Here are the three areas I looked at when considering whether to invest more time:
When you’re reviewing 100 resumes a day, the ones that really stick out are the ones in which you can tell the person invested time into creating. The professional and
When I posted a job ad online and was deluged with responses, I was appalled at how many people just shot me a
Compelling, Easy-to-Read Content
Long paragraphs on resumes serve one purpose … and that’s to lose the hiring manager’s attention. If you’re using paragraphs with 5+ sentences then you not only lost my attention, but now the info I need isn’t readily accessible; it’s buried beneath an enormous amount of text density that I don’t have the time to wade through. Keep it concise, cut out the mundane, and highlight your accomplishments. Don’t go super crazy with the bold, underline, or italics, but use them when it fits, and use them to call attention to the most important information.
Just to review—here’s how to make it past the initial 5-second scan:
- Professional, polished, and well-
organizedformat (colors and white space, good—messy and distracting, bad.)
- Make it easy for the hiring manager to find exactly what he or she needs—and to find it quickly.
- Keep the content concise, and highlight the critical information the hiring manager needs in order to make the decision to call for the
Other strategies come into play when creating a compelling