Six second resume review

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The organization of your resume is extremely important, given that recruiters generally only spend approximately 6 seconds evaluating whether you could be a good fit for a job.

Generally, the most important items will be your job title and start and end dates at your current and previous position, as well as your degree.That said, if you have a non-traditional job title, it may be best to put the mainstream title in parentheses. While the content in your resume is critical, the layout is just as, if not more, important.

The image you’re seeing on the left is a heat map of a recruiter’s eye movements across two separate resumes. The red and yellow spots indicate where the recruiter spent the most time looking on the documents. The resume on the right got more of the recruiter’s attention because it was clearly laid out and easy to read.

How do you lay out your resumes? What’s your process for revising and reviewing before you submit it with a job application? Tell us in the comments!

Check out this Business Insider article for more information.


Jenni currently works with Adecco’s global Information Management team as a Business SME on the Candidate Management Programme - Social Media. She’s been with Adecco’s Professional Staffing division since 2010 and held roles in on-boarding and compliance, client account management and technical recruiting. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, yoga and working with an animal rescue group.

76 thoughts on “Six second resume review”

  1. Keep it simple on the resume. Use the cover letter to highlight. A recruiter in your particular field of experience should “know” by the job title what you did. Or maybe that’s why they ask for the company name-if it’s local. I question the focus on education when someone has “professional experience” at the top of their cv or resume.

    1. My name is John Lino, I am desperatly looking for a job in the field of Electronics Test Technician and or
      Information Technology Computer Networking Systems in order to further my education.
      What would be your advice to me in order to make my resume’ more marketable?
      John Lino

      1. I would contact your local Adecco office (you can find it at – Office locator at the bottom of the page). Have a recruiter there review it – it will depend on which client they are sending it to, which strategy will be most successful.

        Overall, I would say to emphasize any accomplishments over job responsibilities (ie, saved 100%, reduced cycle time by X minutes). Make sure any technical skills are listed and keywords that a recruiter might use are listed so that a search engine will pick them up. Also, if your job title previously wasn’t the job title that you are looking for, make sure to put it in your objective or if the title was similar (but not exactly the same), you can put Electronics Test Technician in parentheses next to your old job title.

        Some recruiters only look at the most recent two job titles and if they aren’t a match, they will move on. Make sure to follow up on resumes you send out too – just sending it in isn’t enough (try to call).

  2. hello:
    i need help in trying to explain prospective employers why i have done temporary assignments for so long, this throws them off the curve when they see my short duration in jobs some for lack of knowledge some were just lack of luck how can i highlight a good resume without targeting the short stay at jobs

    1. It depends on the type of work that you do. You could add a skills summary at the top to go over your skills, so the focus is on your skillset versus your positions. Also, in interviews, you can explain the reason for temporary assignments – with the changes in the economy, more workers are pursuing temporary work. The biggest thing to emphasize is that you are looking for a long term opportunity with the right company – and not just a stepping stone (as long as that is the truth) – but have not had that opportunity yet due to timing. Most managers will understand the need to work even short term assignments to put food on the table and appreciate that over not working at all; and in industries like IT or administrative roles, contracting is common.

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