According to the job-matching service, TheLadders, most hiring managers spend an average of 6 seconds looking at a resume before making a decision. That’s 6 seconds to ascertain whether or not a candidate is worth spending the time to interview.
Six seconds isn’t a long time.
In reality, most hiring managers have an idea of who they want in their head long before they begin looking at those resumes. They know what they are looking for as they review those pieces of paper in front of them. But the problem is, that certainty can sometimes be a bad thing – and can occasionally discount a good candidate who may not have the exact experience they are looking for, but who absolutely has the ability to thrive if given the chance.
So instead of specific job titles or a list of duties you know apply to this current opening, here are the real priorities you should be focusing on when reviewing resumes: