Five Seconds Series – Part III
Really? Only Five Seconds to Catch Someone’s Attention?
Anyone who has hired or recruited more than a few times will tell you that they almost instantly know from one quick look, whether a resume is worth reading or not.
This is Part III in a series about the ways you can catch the reader’s attention in less than 5 seconds. And, how to avoid reasons for rejection or what I call the “red flags” that cause the reader to set your resume aside.
Part III – Location, Location, Location
As it is with Real Estate, so is the wording in your resume all about location, location, location. What you write in your resume is important, but did you know that where you place certain words in a resume is just as important? Studies conducted with professional recruiters show that routinely the eye falls on certain areas of a resume. Making these the key spots to place your most critical information i.e. the information you don’t want them to miss at first glance.
Here are the “hot spots” on a resume:
In the opening paragraph:
The first words in the opening paragraph
The bold words in the top line of the opening paragraph
The words that are in the center of the second line of the opening paragraph.
The three or so last words of the opening paragraph.
Here is a visual of the opening Paragraph “hot spots”.
|An energetic, highly organized and efficient Administrative Assistant with a solid history of completing administrative tasks quickly, accurately, and on a timely basis within a variety of industries. A fluently bilingual and excellent communicator with an ability to connect with individuals at all levels, engendering trust, confidence and respect. Easily adapts to new environments.|
In each position:
NOTE: This is where it can get tricky because it depends a little bit on the font you choose and the effects applied (bold, italics, small caps, etc.). A good strategy is to highlight company names in some way if they are well known and can work in your favor and/or highlight your titles (in bold) if they are consistent and support the jobs you are targeting.
The hot spots in each position are:
The company name if it’s been highlighted (see note above)
The first achievement
The last achievement (if it’s a long list)
The last line on each page
Here is a visual of the “hot spots”.
|Acme Company 2005 – present Director 2011 – present
Regional Manager 2010 – 2011
Manager 2007 – 2010
Associate 2005 – 2007
Remember to keep information where it belongs and you should be good to go!
Happy resume writing!