What Employers Check in Your Resume

You may never know why you didn’t get that job interview. You could wonder ” But I met all the requirements”. A new study has shown how recruiters/employers take decision on who to invite for interview.

According to TheLadders research, recruiters/employers spend an average of “six seconds before they make the initial ‘fit or no fit’ decision” on candidates.

The study used a scientific technique called “eye tracking” on 30 professional recruiters and examined their eye movements during a 10-week period to “record and analyze where and how long someone focuses when digesting a piece of information or completing a task.”

In the short time that they spend with your resume, the study showed recruiters will look at your name, current title and company, current position start and end dates, previous title and company, previous position start and end dates, and education.

What does this indicate to job seekers?
Since recruiters spend very little time to go through your resume, you should make it very ease for them to see important details about you in that very short period.

How can you achieve that?
You should create a resume with a clear visual hierarchy and don’t include distracting visuals since “such visual elements reduced recruiters’ analytical capability and hampered decision-making” and kept them from “locating the most relevant information, like skills and experience.”
Your resume should be well structured with sections and clear hierachy. You should show details on your work experience, academic qualifications, skills etc in clear, distinct and well structured format.


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  1. cheap beats studio says:

    Appreciate it for all your efforts that you have put in this. very interesting information.

  2. What are d points of disqualifying candidates from getting a job.

    • ngcareers says:

      First point that can disqualify you is poor resume and cover letter. Then others include:- not meeting requirements, experience, skills, poor interview performance etc

  3. adebowale says:

    If your employer ask his/her employee ..what amount do you think we can pay you? Is it ideal to say a specific mount or keep quiet? Thnks and God bless

  4. Gbenga says:

    Nice one! But always acknowledge your source. Seen this before on Linkedin.com about 3months ago. Can’t remember the actual writer and link for now. Keep up the good work.

    • ngcareers says:

      This post was published here about 2 months ago, we shared it on linkedin, You saw it there because we shared it.

  5. John says:

    I want to know whether its ok when you say what u intend earning as an employee ?

    • ngcareers says:

      You mean putting your expected salary in your resume? Sometimes some companies want that especially if it is a position requiring good number of years of experience. So it depends on the company and type of Job. While it could scare some employers away, if its high; it could make you appear too cheap if too low. You have to be careful when stating it, you have to know your worth.

  6. oludamola says:

    How can one know his or her true worth?

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