Typically a hiring manager will skim your resume for a mere six to eight seconds. Can your resume pass the six second test? In six seconds how does your resume showcase your accomplishments, contributions and results?
It’s not just typos or poor formatting that sinks a resume. The biggest flaw for a resume is when it fails to showcase a person’s accomplishments, contributions and results.
Here are 3 tips to make sure your resume passes the 6 second test.
1. Think Big – What are your significant accomplishments?
hatever jobs you’ve held –whether assistant or CEO –think beyond the everyday tasks of your position. We often get bogged down in the day-to-day details of our jobs, however, when it comes to your resume, you’ve got to remove the clutter and think big. One way to think big is to simply ask yourself “What are the key accomplishments of the jobs I’ve had?” When writing resumes with my clients we partner to create a “Significant Accomplishment” section where clients can think big about their career achievements.
2. Be Clear, Concise and Correct – A resume format for passing the 6 second test?
In almost two decades of interviewing candidates, advising candidates and being interviewed as a candidate I have found the most effective resumes are clear, concise and correct. Click on this link on the side of this post to download the 6 part resume format that I have used with great success in building resumes that are clear concise and correct and are guaranteed to pass the 6 second test.
3. Tell your Story – What do you bring to the table?
At the end of the day hiring managers want to know what you bring to the table. What would happen if you come up blank when trying to tell them what you can do for them? The resume is the starting point for building your story for interviews, elevator pitches and network encounters. Building a resume rich in significant accomplishments provides the raw information needed for you to craft compelling stories about your career and your impact…what you are bring to the table.
Think Big, Be Clear, Correct and Concise, Tell Your Story, and your resume will pass the six second scan test.
Marben Bland is an accomplished speaker, writer, and thought leader focused on 4 interconnected areas:
- Social Media Branding: Increasing sales & awareness by creating lasting impressions
- Recruiting: Finding world class talent for leading business and non profits
- Job Coaching: Providing solid solutions for finding a job
- Project Management: Bringing order to complex problems
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