Eye-Tracking Study: How Recruiters View Resumes

Job recruiters spend only six seconds on average reviewing an individual candidate’s to determine whether the person is a potential fit for an open position, according to a recent study by TheLadders. That compares with 4-5 minutes per resume on average that recruiters have self-reported in the past.

The report was based on data from an eye-tracking study of 30 professional recruiters who were monitored over a 10-week period as they they performed online tasks, including resume and candidate profile reviews. Below, key findings from the study.

What Recruiters Look For

The recruiters studied spent almost 80% of their resume review time on the following elements:

  1. Candidate’s name
  2. Current title/company
  3. Previous title/company
  4. Previous position start and end dates
  5. Current position start and end dates
  6. Education

Beyond those six, recruiters did little more than scan for keywords to match the open position. Because “fit/no-fit” decisions were based mostly on those six pieces of data, an individual resume’s detail and explanatory copy had little impact on the initial decision-making.

How They View Resumes and Online Profiles

Recruiters tend to follow a consistent visual path when reviewing both resumes and online profiles, the study found. Accordingly, an organized layout is crucial. On a scale of 1 to 7, recruiters gave professionally re-written resumes an average rating of 6.2 for usability, compared with a 3.9 rating before the re-write.

On profiles, recruiters spent an average of 19% of their total time per candidate looking at the profile picture.

About the research: The report was based on data from an eye tracking study of 30 professional recruiters who were monitored over a 10-week period.

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