Having done work in recruitment for over 15 years, I know that reviewing a résumé just takes a few seconds before I decide to put it in the “further review”, “for interview”, or the dreaded “no go” stack. Here’s an interesting article that describes how it happens in a more graphic detail. See What Recruiters Look At During The 6 Seconds They Spend On Your Resume.
There are two strategies you may consider to make sure your résumé gets the mileage it deserves.
First, consider that your résumé is seen in the eyes of the beholder. The more eyeballs you get, the better chance you have. This is why, as a strategy, I always recommend that you should send an application both through the front door (HR route) and the back door (Line or Hiring Manager route). If the HR department puts you in the “no go” stack, you still have a chance to be viewed by another, more important reader, the hiring manager himself.
It is not uncommon for a hiring manager to pass along a résumé to HR, wanting to set up an interview with someone, whom he either found in his mailbox or referred to him by someone he knows. If you can get your application in both these two routes, you increase your probability of going through the first hoop.
The second and the more surefire way to get to the interview is to make sure that your résumé is in its best fighting form. This is what I will be focusing on in my next free presentation Make Your Resume Work.
May 9, 2012
Register for this event if you have not done so. I will see you there.