Six Second Rule

If you have kids, a husband, a brother or any male in your life, you’ve probably heard of the “five second rule”.

Well, there’s a new rule on the block- the Six Second Rule- and it doesn’t have anything to do with food and the floor. Instead, it has everything to do with landing your dream job.

According to the leading $100K+ job hunting site, TheLadders, you have exactly six seconds to grab the attention of a recruiter, via your resume, before they move on to the next candidate.

Using innovative technology called “eye tracking”, TheLadders analyzed data from head hunters reviewing resumes. While these head hunters reported taking four to five minutes reviewing each resume, TheLadders research indicated something drastically different- a mere 6 seconds was spent reviewing each applicants’ resume.

So, you have a whole six seconds… what do you do with them and what should your resume focus on to make the most of those precious seconds?

It should go without saying that a professional resume, much like those created on Resume Improved, are much easier to read and, therefore, much easier for recruiters to find the information they are looking for. Go professional or go home.

While inserting important keywords into your resume is helpful in terms of matching up skillset with the current job, the most important things to focus on are your current title and company including job starting and ending dates, your previous title and company including job starting and ending dates, and your education. Make sure these items are brief, but packed full of information that is relevant to the position you are applying.

In addition to succinct content, a visually clean resume or online profile is crucial. There shouldn’t be any distracting elements, including personal photos. While a personal photo does draw attention to the photo, recruiters utilize a few of those precious six seconds to do so, adding no real value to whether or not you are actually qualified for the position.

While I’m not sure that I completely agree with the entire “Six Second Rule”, I know one thing’s for certain: you have very little time to make a great first impression with your resume and to separate yourself from the scores of other job applicants: make wise use of that time with succinctness and sell them FAST on YOU!

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