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A Resume Gets Only a Minute of a Recruiter’s Time, says TimesJobs Study

Posted by | June 15, 2017 | Improve your resume, Resumes

via The Economic TimesA Resume Gets Only a Minute of a Recruiter’s Time, says TimesJobs Study  

Hiring managers have a tough task of scanning through hundreds of resumes to find a suitable candidate for each job vacancy they need to fill.

They have barely a minute to scan each resume before making a decision to make the shortlist.

In order to better understand their criteria for shortlisting resumes and selecting the candidates, a study by TimesJobs that surveyed 690 hiring managers talk about what recruiters look for in a resume.

Be specific to the job

“Even though, most candidates will have the skills required for the job they apply for, the challenge lies in highlighting the right ones. Care must be taken not to fill up the skills section of your resume with a bunch of skills that have absolutely nothing to do with the job you are applying for. Even for the skills you are including, you need to substantiate them. Therefore, it is not just important what skills you include in your resume, but equually how you highlight them,” says Ramathreya Krishnamurthi, Business Head, TimesJobs.

TimesJobs’ study revealed that each jobseeker must customize his/her resume and highlight their unique skills and experience that are specific to the job they are applying for. Nearly 40% recruiters say, focusing on skills relevant to the job offered is the best way to be shortlisted.

Another 36% hiring managers state that highlighting universally desired skills such as analytical skills, teamwork and leadership that are appropriate to the job, helps make a resume stand out.

Including skills that provide value-additions to the job profile applied to is what 35% of recruiters advise. For example, a candidate applying for a banking job can include his/her experience using financial data analysis software, even if it is not stated as a requirement.

Researching profiles of professionals who work on the same job that is being applied for helps candidates understand what skills recruiters deem as essential say 26% hiring managers.

A resume can stand out in the crowd by adding statistics or numbers to skills suggest 21% of recruiters. Such as, substantiating skills and experience with measurable results is a good way to attract a recruiter’s attention.

And 20% of recruiters advise adding relevant keywords for skills helps increase the visibility of the resume, especially when they are scanning a database of many profiles.

Soft skills are critical

60% of hiring managers say that while domain knowledge is important, non-technical skills or soft skills are critical while hiring a candidate.

Among the host of soft skills that recruiters desire to see in a resume, the top three are communication skills, leadership skills and teamwork. Here are the multiple choices of their preferences –

33% of recruiters feel communication skills are crucial

30% of recruiters look for leadership skills

26% of recruiters consider teamwork & collaboration skills as pivotal

22% of recruiters focus on analytical skills

20% of recruiters give more weightage to adaptability, and

17% of recruiters say planning and strategic thinking sk ills are important

The resume is the first point of contact between a candidate and an employer – and making this first impression a good one is critical in getting ahead in one’s career. This study by TimesJobs serves as a guide to reveal those skills that can give candidates the competitive edge needed to rapidly enhance their careers.


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