Resume Test

What kind of impression is your resume making to a recruiter?  Is the resume communicating what you want to a hiring manager?  Not sure, why not take a 15 second resume test?

Ask your friend or colleague for help. Tell them you are going to give them a document to scan for 15 seconds.  Hand them your resume (you may want to give them a copy with no header to make it anonymous – at least initially), keep track of time, and after fifteen seconds take the resume from the reader.  Ask what your friend to tell you what he/she remembers about the document.  Keep track of the comments and repeat this test with other friends at least 3 more times.

After a handful reviews, one usually discovers common themes from the readers – these common take-aways are the most memorable parts of your resume.  But is this the most crucial information you want a hiring manager to remember about you?  If not, you have some work to do in crafting a document that communicates what you want an employer to remember.

So what should a resume communicate in 15 seconds?

  • Work experience for the past 7-10 years (less if a younger professional)
  • Level – are you senior executive, middle management, etc.?
  • What field/industry are you seeking employment?
  • Skills you can offer (technical, language, industry titles – CPA, CFA)
  • Major accomplishments

Take the test, you may be surprised by what your resume communicates about you!

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About Kevin Monahan

I have 10+ years experience in coaching clients in their career management and career change efforts. Personal career consulting services combined with employer outreach to help find opportunities for both constituents.
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