Six seconds. According to a new study from TheLadders, that is how much time recruiters spend reviewing a resume for fit.
Remember when it was four to five minutes?
The study used a scientific technique called “eye tracking” that assesses eye movement then records and analyzes where and how long a person focuses when digesting information or completing activities. The study gauged the behavior of thirty recruiters as they reviewed online resumes and candidate profiles over a 10-week period.
What does this mean for job applicants? Keep it simple.
Credentials still trump design. “Recruiters are focused on the most important information: what titles you held; the companies you worked at, the fact that you have a degree,” Evans added.
Although, as MSNBC notes, this doesn’t mean you have to discard your infographic-looking resume. Just keep two — the straightforward resume that you use for applying and the more creative one that you can provide interviewers.