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Employers only look at your resumé for six seconds? The numbers you need to know for job hunting

Employers only look at your resumé for six seconds? The numbers you need to know for job hunting – Job seekers often fail to look at the trends. Use these statistics as your guide for what to expect and how to succeed

Finding work is often considered a job in itself: you scour job boards, enter all relevant keywords, network, follow up, tailor you CV, check it twice and hit send. But sometimes job hunters undermine their efforts by failing to look at the trends. By using these numbers as a guideline, you’ll have a better sense of how to prepare and what to expect.

When networking, you have 30 seconds to make a good impression. This is best known as the “elevator pitch.” A good first impression is key and it’s no different in the job hunt. Before you head out to the next networking event, prepare a brief but memorable pitch for potential employers about who you are and what makes you unique from other candidates.

On average, recruiters spend only six seconds looking at an application. For all of the effort you put into your resumé, you really don’t get a lot of time from recruiters. To win their attention in the six seconds you’ll probably be given, create a resumé with clearly outlined sections and concisely written descriptions. Think of your resumé as a heat map: A recruiter’s eyes are typically drawn to the top of the page first, so ensure all the information there is relevant and ordered chronologically.

45 percent of employers are looking up your social media profiles. With the growing use of social media over the last decade, it shouldn’t be surprising that employers who are interested in your application will look you up online. It’s important to know what’s appropriate to share on your public social accounts and what’s best kept private. For example, anything from the drinking binge you had last weekend to the poor use of language and grammar can turn a recruiter off.

A job interview is typically 40 minutes long. When given the opportunity to get in front of the recruiter and your potential boss, you should come prepared to speak to all your past experiences and interests, in addition to having a few original questions of your own. Having 40 minutes to talk about yourself can pass by much faster than you think, so employers are looking for you to communicate all this information concisely and without being a bore.

Companies usually take 24 hours to two weeks to respond to candidates. If you walk away from the interview thinking it couldn’t have gone any better, don’t panic if they don’t call you the next day with a job offer. The interview process takes time – recruiters bring in many candidates and there’s a lot of preparation that goes into the new role. Follow up with recruiters at the right times without seeming over eager, and when you do, politely thank them for taking the time to meet with you.

Article was written by Megan Santos


 



 

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