This is enough for them to make their initial judgment
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Recruiters spend an average of six seconds reading a CV before making the initial 'fit or no fit' decision about candidates, according a report by TheLadders.
Using eye tracking technology to record the time spent and what information a recruiter immediately focuses on, the research found that name, current title and company, current position start and end dates, previous title start and end dates, company and education are top of the list.
The report says: 'Recruiters tend to follow a consistent visual path when reviewing both resumes and online profiles, so an organised layout is crucial. Because professionally written resumes have a clear visual hierarchy and present relevant information where recruiters expect it, these documents quickly guide recruiters to a yes/no decision.'
A survey by StepStone last year found that 54 per cent of employers believe that social media profiles may replace traditional CVs in the future, while 96 per cent believe that it has a role to play in recruitment. They believe that it may produce a higher quality of response because of its potential to run search queries by keywords or qualifications.