Just 6 seconds… will your resume survive?

I am a Recruiting Consultant.

Currently working with two small boutique recruiting firms, The LRJ Group, specializing in Life Sciences and Ascend IT staffing, specializing in placing IT professionals. As a recruiter, I see thousands of resumes every year. I read just as many, if not more, of your online profiles on sites like LinkedIn, Indeed, Dice and others. We live in the digital age, where we define ourselves by what we post online on our social media accounts. Defining ourselves in our résumé is the topic of today’s discussion.

Did you know?

That “the average time spent by recruitment managers for analyzing a resume is 5 to 7 seconds?” by Mr.Oomph, Interesting Facts about Interviews, Job-seeking and Resumes!, from 7/1/2015. Even if they spent 30 seconds, is my résumé formatted in a way that is informative and enticing to the reader?

Is there a particular length a résumé should be? The best answer I have heard so far, I found in an article by Kim Isaacs, Monster Resume Expert.

“A résumé should be long enough to entice hiring managers to call you for job interviews.” – Kim Isaacs

I know, a “little vague” but brilliant. After all, is that not the goal of our résumé?

Mainly, I see two different types of resumes. The “cut and dry” resume, telling you nothing at all. And, the “verbose” resume, telling your entire life’s story from childhood, to present day, without skipping a beat. On a personal level, I favor a balance between the two. One of the many articles I have read suggested writing the verbose and then, as I would say “surgically” editing it! Yes, we need the basics, where you worked and the “from-until” dates. Go beyond that and, in a few brief bullet points, describe your position, in short, descriptive terms.


Did you know that having an unprofessional email address or photo on your résumé increase the chances that it will be passed over without further thought! Take 10 seconds, go to Google or Yahoo and create a new “personalized and professional” email address!

Yes, you can keep your funny, witty or flirtatious emails for your personal emails (although, you should know that 93% of the recruiters say that they are likely to look at a candidate’s social media behavior). I can’t tell you how many people use a business email address, from their previous employer, on their résumé! That email I just sent to you with new and exciting job possibilities, just went to your old boss and, might I add, he is not the one looking for a new job!

When should you update your Resume?


This should not be your resumes final destination!

The simple answer is, your résumé should be updated when information that is pertinent to you’re getting your dream job changes.  If you have changed your phone number, your email addresses, if you have moved, started a new job, and well you get the idea.

Use spell check, grammar check, proofread, let someone else proofread!

I use a chrome app called Grammarly to proof all of my documents. You can start with the free version and upgrade if you like. But, the free version will help you immensely. I have the app running in the background as I work during the day. It is amazing how many spelling and punctuation errors I find in resumes every day. Being the gracious sort that I am, will correct any spacing, spelling or punctuation errors I find before I submit your résumé to the hiring managers.

Most hiring managers are not so kind, and he only “position” your résumé will find will be crumpled up in the trash or the shape of a paper airplane on the floor (if they miss they basket)! The free version of Grammarly does not correct grammatical errors, but it could make the difference.

No, this is not a paid advertisement.

The bottom line is that we are not all writers. There are hundreds of articles on how to write the perfect resume. Google the topic and you will find hundreds, if not thousands of articles on the subject. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is getting your dream job. So do your research and if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed, admit to yourself that resume writing is not your strong suite!

Resume writers are out there, and it is their job to make you look good!

There are so many companies out there that will help you build not just a résumé, but an entire online portfolio. Companies such as Ace Your Interview, offer resumes written by Certified Professional Résumé Writers! (Yes, that is a real thing.) They offer other services as well, like “LinkedIn Boost Service” and “professional search engine optimization.” (If you use their service, tell Victoria that I sent you!)

Tweak your social media presence.

Here is a little tip that could help out as well, make sure your social media sites and digital resumes match the written resumes you present to the hiring manager. I have lost candidates, that were qualified for positions because their LinkedIn accounts said one thing and their resumes another!

In the end, there are companies who sole purpose is to make you succeed. It’s that simple, it is!

And, on that note, I think I will give Liz and Craig Caruso at Level Up Digital Group a call. They specialize in branding, social media marketing, and website development. I know when I need help! Not to mention, (although, I am) by letting someone else help me with my resumes and websites, it frees me up to do what I do best! (now, if I can only figure out what that is!)

Remember if you are going to leave a digital imprint, make sure it’s a lasting one!