Recruiters spend an average of “six seconds before they make the
initial ‘ﬁt or no ﬁt’ decision”
on candidates. This research was done
using eye-tracking technique
on 30 professional recruiters in a
10-week period to analyze the contents and duration of their focus on
résumé. Interestingly, it was found that in six seconds, the recruiters
quickly skim through your name, current title and company, current
position, start and end dates, previous title and company, previous
position’s start and end dates, and education.
Therefore, considering the limited time that recruiters spend on a
résumé, it becomes imperative to create a résumé that highlights the most
relevant and interesting information to the prospective employer in a clear
manner so that they don’t have to struggle to ﬁnd pertinent information.
During campus placement, you may have to follow a speciﬁc tem-
plate for drafting résumé; however, in future, you will be required
to design it in a general format. This chapter explains the guidelines
which will be helpful in drafting résumé in any format.
Exhibit 3.1 Taking the “t or no t” decision
Vivian Giang, “What Recruiters Look At During The 6 Seconds They Spend On Your Resume,”
Business Insider, accessed on May 2, 2016 (http://www.businessinsider.in/What-Recruiters-Look-
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