How Long Do You Think a Hiring Manager Spends Reviewing a Resume?

Posted by Talent Intelligence on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 @ 09:09 AM

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stock-photo-angry-graphic-designer-throw-1931522-915679-edited.pngThirty-nine percent of hiring managers spend less than a minute looking at resumes — and nearly one in five spend under 30 seconds, according to a new survey.

Despite their speedy review, three in four hiring managers say they’ve caught a lie on a candidate’s resume.

The cringeworthy false statements applicants included ranged from claiming to have written computer code that the hiring manager interviewing the candidate had actually written at a previous job — to a candidate saying he had worked as an anti-terrorist spy for the CIA during a time period when he was, in fact, attending elementary school.

Sixty percent of hiring managers said customizing a resume to the position would make them more likely to pay attention to a candidate’s resume; 38 percent said submitting a cover letter would. Thirty-seven percent felt seeing the applicant’s skill set listed first might pique their interest.

Addressing the candidate’s resume to a specific hiring manager was more likely to make 23 percent of respondents review the document; 14 percent said a link to a personal blog, website or portfolio would make them consider reviewing a resume.

For additional information on why hiring managers choose one candidate over another and other findings from CareerBuilder’s survey, visit the job listing provider’s website.

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Topics: Talent Pipeline, Recruitment

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