What do recruiters look for in a resume at first glance?

Updated: Nov 20, 2021

Originally published on Quora by

Amarie Malone

"FIRST GLANCE”


These words are the key to this question.


This is important to consider when creating, rewriting or editing your resume because it only takes 6 to 8 seconds for a recruiter to place your resume in the "YES pile" or pitch it in the "NO pile".


So, you need to get the recruiters’ attention when they are glancing through the stack of resumes to narrow them down.


5 THINGS RECRUITERS NOTICE AT FIRST GLANCE ON A RESUME


I’m assuming that you want your resume to make the cut. So, I’m going to give you some tips on how to make sure that happens.


Here are 5 sure-fire aspects of a resume the recruiter will notice right away.


1. RESUME FORMAT


The first impression, at first glance, of your resume the recruiter sees is how it looks on the page.


Because it only takes 6 to 8 seconds for a recruiter to place your resume in the YES pile or pitch it in the NO pile, you need to get the recruiters’ attention when they are glancing through the stack of resumes to narrow them down.


Take a look at these two resume formats.



Now…


Imagine being the recruiter and having these two resumes to choose from to take a closer look at.


One of them has a wall of text and lacks attention-grabbing formatting. The second resume catches the eye with engaging formatting, a touch of color and can be quickly scanned for relevant information in the top half.


Which would you look closer at after the first glance, Resume A or Resume B?


Exactly…Resume B.