Sunday, May 25, 2014

How Recruiters Look at Your Email, Resume or Social Profiles.

This blog has addressed attention span a number of times. While traditional Netiquette addresses many things, scanning is a critical element that one should take into account when creating any written document a recruiter will read. Use placement for key words or images that your reader might focus upon. Remember as well to keep up with all the technologies a recruiter might use!

How Recruiters Really Look at Your LinkedIn Profile and Online Resume or Mail

Melanie Pinola
5/23/14 6:30am LifeHacker 5/24/2014

TheLadders conducted a study tracking the eye movements of recruiters when looking at resumes (online and off) and LinkedIn profiles. Besides revealing that recruiters only look at resumes for about six seconds, the study also points out the most important areas job seekers should focus on.

Recruiters Only Look at Your Resume for an Average of Six Seconds and This Is What They See:

Surprisingly, the thirty recruiters tracked over the ten-week study spent nearly a fifth of their time (19%) on a LinkedIn profile looking at the profile photo. Pitching its own candidate profiles, TheLadders points out that the photo gets more attention than more vital career information—but the takeaway may actually be to make sure your LinkedIn photo is appropriate and professional.

Secondly, your online resume gets the same amount of minimal attention as your paper one. TheLadders found, however, that recruiters rated resumes with a clear organization (e.g., even formatting and prominent section headings) about 60 percent higher than others.
Besides making sure your basic information and qualifications are easy to find, how you organize that information—and your mug shot on LinkedIn—could make a big difference in your job hunt.

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