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Optimizing Your Resume For The 10-Second Initial Review



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Optimizing Your Resume For The 10-Second Initial Review May 15, 2014

Here are three ways to prepare your resume so that it can face the 10-second hiring manager test.

By Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, Expert Resume Writer

Studies show that hiring managers spend an average of 10 seconds looking at a resume before deciding whether to keep going or move on to the next candidate. That’s right, only 10 seconds! That says a lot about the job market today and the number of applicants for great positions, but it also says a lot about how you should write your resume. You’ve got 10 seconds to land yourself a second glance; what do you do?

1. Be concise.

One thing you certainly want to avoid is a resume that is overly wordy or one that puts the most relevant information at the end. You want the qualities that the hiring manager is looking for to be in the very beginning of your resume so that they are noticed and seen. Long gone are the days where relevant information could be buried on the third page and still get read. You have to be concise and to the point, and you have got to make sure that your resume starts selling you to the hiring manager from the very first word.

2. Tailor your resume.

This is perhaps the most important step you can take. If you are applying for multiple positions, there is nothing wrong with having multiple resumes floating around. In fact, it is recommended. You want your resume to be tailored not only to the job you are applying for, but to the company you are applying with. Match your tone to the tone of their website and other media. If they are innovative, outside-the-box thinkers, then that is the approach you should take. Align your brand with theirs while remaining true to who you are.

3. Use keywords.

With hiring software becoming more and more commonplace, you might have to make it through a computer before you even get a chance at your 10 seconds. Be sure to pepper your cover letter and resume with relevant keywords to make sure any software they use sees you as a good fit and lands you the chance to have your resume reviewed.

Ten seconds isn’t a long time to sell yourself. Make sure you are doing all you can to help the process along! Want more advice for writing your resume? Check out this article on whether you should include soft skills on your resume.

About the Author

Jessica Hernandez, is a resume authority for the Job Talk America radio program and multi-published expert author for resume, career, and job search publications. She boasts more than ten years in human resources management and hiring for Fortune 500 companies and utilizes her extensive experience to support job seekers in their quest to move onward and upward in their careers. Find out more at Great Resumes Fast.

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