According to a 2012 study by TheLadders, the average time a job recruiter looks at your resume is six seconds.
With numbers like that, a first impression is not only important, it is ESSENTIAL. A competitive job market demands an impressive representation of an individual’s abilities and achievements.
Here are some ways to catch the eye of a recruiter:
A resume should have a style, but not too much style. Use clear and appropriate-sized fonts that make it easy to read for the recruiter.
Make sure the spacing is consistent throughout the document. Use bullet points instead of long paragraphs to describe previous jobs.
Don’t change the font, unless you like the way a different font looks on the header. Style is more important for design-oriented jobs, but overall, consistency is key.
Easy to Find Contact Information
If a job recruiter likes what they see from you, they need to know how to get in touch with you. Make sure your phone number, email address and mailing address are included and legible.
Career Profile/Work Experience
Don’t just say where you worked, say what you did there.
Include current or previous titles that you held and what you accomplished when you were in those roles. Focus on achievements rather than responsibilities.
The younger you are, the more important this is.
For example: if you are in the business field and graduated from a prestigious business school, make sure that information is displayed accordingly. Education networks can be very strong.