Andrew Ostler from Employment Crossing reached out for perspective on What Recruiters Look For In A Resume At First Glance. Our thoughts are included below.
Recruiters are inundated daily with a barrage of resumes from candidates looking for their next challenge. As a result, we've developed quick ways to determine if we'll spend additional time reviewing someone's resume. We typically look at the following (in order):
- Formatting - A resume needs to be "skimmable". If the content isn't clearly laid out in a way to quickly assess the aspects below, the resume goes to the "no" pile.
- Titles - The next key component for a recruiter is to evaluate the most current titles. If the first few don't seem close to what the recruiter is looking for, they rule the resume out.
- Brands - Assuming the titles are similar or the same as what the recruiter is search for, they'll spend some time checking out the brands the candidate has worked for. They will either need to be big names or highly specific to the position the recruiter is looking to fill.
- Education - The final check of the first glance is to look at the candidate's education to check the level of education and the notoriety of the institution(s).