Resume Advice You Likely Have Never HeardMGR Accounting Recruiters in
Previously I wrote an entry based on an article that said resumes are only reviewed for 6 seconds on average prior to the reader deciding whether or not to invest any more time in the candidate. Earlier this week I was asked to review a resume on an iPad. The individual wanted to refer their friend to us and was curious what I thought about their experience. It was at that moment that I had a realization that virtually all resume-advice articles fail to address. In today’s world, your resume is likely to never get printed unless it looks compelling on the computer screen first. Much advice is given regarding how your resume should be structured, but most of this advice is given from the perspective of viewing the entire page. However, in today’s market a resume is generally viewed on screen prior to the reviewer deciding whether the printer or scrollbar is even warranted. Therefore it is vital that you not only follow the traditional resume advice, but that you also carefully consider how your resume looks on-screen.
If being reviewed on a computer, the reviewer’s first impression of you is based on only HALF of your 1st page! If something on the top half of the page causes the reader to be disinterested, they will never even see the lower half. There are a few lessons we can take away from this:
- Make sure that information relevant to the job you are applying for somehow shows up in the upper half of the page. If you have the experience but it is buried on page 2, or even at the bottom of page 1, you may not make the cut.
- While Career Summaries and Objective Statements may have their place, if they are not focused on the job you are applying for then they likely are a waste of space because they take up this valuable resume real estate.
- Functional resumes may also have their place, but it is a fact that hiring managers look for the Work History section very quickly. If they have to scroll deeply into your resume to find it, then that can hurt your chances as well.
- If you are looking to relocate, you definitely should have your phone number and email address on the top of the resume, but it may benefit you to have your physical address at the bottom. By having this information at the bottom, any bias that the reviewer has against out-of-town candidates will at least be held back until after they have reviewed your experience.
In summary, when you are finalizing your resume you need to review it in both paper format and screen viewing format. This will give you better insight into what the receiving party will see.
I wish you the best in your search.
Mark Goldman CPA