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!