While searching for a new job, we may end up sending out up to a few dozen applications. Then, the waiting begins and as it ensues, we start wondering why is the telephone silent? Often enough, sending resume alone meets with no response whatsoever, leaving us unsure to the reason why we were rejected in the first place. Looking for a clue, let us bring forward the Ladders’ research outlining to what talent acquisition specialists direct their attention.
Strikingly, an executive search specialist usually needs only 6 seconds to decide whether the candidate’s profile matches the position criteria. How did the researches arrive with such a figure? Well, they used the eye-tracking technique to investigate consultants’ eyesight patterns. The ten-week study involved tracking and analyzing the focal points of interest to 30 participants employed in the field of candidate selection.
During the short time span when the executive search specialist studies the candidate’s resume, he more often than not directs his attention at:
- Personal information
- Both former and current job positions and employers
- Employment periods in different places
The study participants tended to pay more attention to the left side column, including brief and itemized records. Having in mind that the recruitment consultant dedicates only about 6 seconds to review our application, it is best to reserve the first page for the most important information concerning our education and professional experience, leaving the detailed description of skills and job responsibilities for later in the document. The same arrangement rule applies to detailing information on any social networking websites for the business community. Those are often frequented by the executive search specialists, who, based on what they see, can determine the suitability of the candidate for the position even more quickly.