Dating yourself via resume job history

Because many recruiters and hiring managers use Linked In profiles either to verify or to supplement resume information, those profiles also impact your chances.

Ey- tracking technology used by The Ladders revealed that recruiters spend an average of 19 percent of their time on your Linked In profile simply viewing your picture (so a professional picture may be worthwhile).

Having a clear or professionally organized resume format that presents relevant information where recruiters expect it will improve the rating of a resume by recruiter by a whopping 60 percent, without any change to the content (a 6.2 versus a 3.9 usability rating for the less-professionally organized resume).

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If you can bear with me for a few quick minutes, I can show you using numbers where the job-search “roadblocks” are and how that data-supported insight can help you easily double your chances of landing an interview and a job.

Although it varies with the company and the job, on average 250 resumes are received for each corporate job opening.

We also know from observation that nearly 4 seconds of that 6-second scan is spent looking exclusively at four job areas, which are: 1) job titles, 2) companies you worked at, 3) start/end dates and 4) education.

Like it or not, that narrow focus means that unless you make these four areas extremely easy for them to find within approximately four seconds, the odds are high that you will be instantly passed over.

So even if an applicant did spend the required time to fully read the job posting, they may still end up applying for a job that exists only on paper.

So even though an applicant actually meets the written qualifications, they may be later rejected (without their knowledge) because after they applied, the hiring manager finally decided that they actually wanted a significantly different set of qualifications.

You should also be aware that prominently displaying dates that show that you are not currently employed may also get you prematurely rejected at many firms.

The Ladders’ research also showed that the format of the resume matters a great deal.

And finally be aware that whatever else that you have on your resume, the recruiter will have only the remaining approximately 2 seconds to find and be impressed with it.

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