Grab your resume. Set a timer for six seconds. Start the timer and read your resume until the timer goes off. What stuck out from your resume? Were you even able to interpret much from those six seconds? Well, according to many recruiters and hiring managers, on average, they spend six seconds skimming a resume. Yes, you read that right. Six seconds! We wanted to find out if this is true and discover what recruiters look for on a resume. So, we asked a few York recruiters and you might be surprised by what they told us.
6 Seconds is Not Enough Time to Review a Resume
“I feel like I can get a pretty good gauge on whether or not a person would be a good fit, but of course you need to spend more than 6 seconds looking at the resume,” said Corey Johnson, Manager of Consulting Services at York Solutions. “Things I look for in order to gauge fit are
relevant past experience, experience at large, reputable companies, and long-term engagements versus short 2-3 month contract positions.”
Noel Novacek, Manager of Consulting Services at York Solutions, also agrees that he takes way
longer than six seconds. So, that is a sigh of relief that your resume is getting a decent amount of time being reviewed.
Resume Format is Key
Both Noel and Corey agreed that if a resume has a “clean” look and is organized, this tells the
recruiters that the candidate is an organized, detail-oriented person which is an essential quality in an IT professional. It is also recommended that a candidate does not use smaller than 11 point font or a font that is too fancy.
Do Not Use Third Person and Keep the Personal Details to a Minimum
It is a quick way to get your resume thrown to the side. Also, leave out the overly personal information. For example, our recruiters occasionally get resumes that share too much detail
about a candidate’s life. While recruiters definitely enjoy learning more about
who a candidate is, it might be best to save those details for the
interview. Those extra details may make take away valuable space on your resume where you could be sharing additional professional achievements which are most important to hiring managers.
Triple Check Spelling and Grammar
If you keep your resume professional, free of errors, concise, and relevant to the job to which you are applying, you will greatly increase your chances of your resume standing out which might just lead to a job interview. So, once again, attention to detail is key!
What do you think is most important for an IT professional’s resume?