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Three Ways to Make Your Resume User-Friendly

As media folks, we’re accustomed to evergreen stories so pieces will last and gain the most readers as possible so why should a resume be any different, right?

According to a piece by Josh Sanburn on Time, there are several ways to ramp up your resume so recruiters can spend more than a few seconds eyeballing it. After all, you’ll want the most readers here, too!

As per the piece, recruiters spend about six seconds reviewing each resume (yes, you read that right: Six). For starters, Will Evans, TheLadders’ head of user experience, explained one way to gain more attention is to be simple. Your resume is not a vehicle to flex your creative skills!

Since recruiters clearly aren’t spending a lot of time reviewing resumes, the important take-away is making it user-friendly, simple to read and following a common template. All of the essentials should be clear: Your name, title, company, responsibilities, and then former titles, employers, and responsibilities. Evans explained in the piece, “Recruiters develop this mental model that allows them to extract the most important bits.”

As for another way to keep eyeballs fixated on your resume for a little bit longer, don’t make it too long. Although it’s fine extending a resume to two pages and have a lot of experience and publishing kudos to add, go right ahead. Just don’t make it too long — as pointed out in the piece, that would appear too cluttered.

As for a third tip? Skip the personal achievements. Okay, you don’t need to skip them altogether but succinct bullet points are fine; don’t focus your CV on running a marathon or volunteering at a local soup kitchen. Leverage the resume to play up your professional achievements instead.


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Dear Job Applicants: You Only Have 6 Seconds


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.

“If you have a photo online they are going to fixate on that photo; same thing with video resumes,” Will Evans, the head of user experience at TheLadders told MSNBC. “It could be problematic.”

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.