It’s within those 9 – 30 seconds that your future is decided. Hardly sounds fair doesn’t it? It’s taken you years to accumulate a page full of skills and experience, so it would only seem right to have your efforts examined with a bit more caution. Well with hundreds of resumes sitting beneath yours in a pile of over- and under-qualified applicants the only way to muddle through this extensive list is to create the very first test of employment.
The test of course is the construction of the resume itself. Yep, before your skills and experiences are even considered your resume is scanned to see if you can create a document that looks and appears professional in nature. Guess what? If the individual saddled with wading through this pool of candidates even spots a glimpse of a typo, confusing layout, or even gets the smallest hint of having to search for the information needed to asses your background, you will quickly be placed into the “9 second” pile of resumes that quickly land in the round mental file cabinet sitting next to their feet.
In a competitive environment employers are looking for a way to quickly determine where their time should be spent. Therefore, if you don’t think that the format of your resume is important and slight typos will be overlooked you are working in the hardest job pool of all which is the nine second no chance pool! This nine second scan tells the employer they need not look any longer at a candidate that is not serious about the image they are putting out.
My advice is avoid the “nine second glance and throw away” of your resume by taking the time to go carefully and present your qualifications in a way that will have your future employer going beyond even the 30 second glance. Check out my twitter page for 20 tips to a better resume!