How to Get Your Resume Noticed by Employers in 5 Seconds Guaranteed

How to Get Your Resume Noticed by Employers in 5 Seconds Guaranteed

Hi everyone, this is Andy LaCivita, founder
of milewalk and the milewalk Academy and award winning author of The Hiring Prophecies, here
with this week’s episode for work and life. I’ve got a great one to help you succeed in
your careers. It’s all about getting your resume noticed
and how to get it noticed in five seconds, guaranteed. This topic is so hot that I decided to wear
my hot salmon colored top. If you’re watching me on the podcast, hope
over to my blog or hop over to YouTube just so I can brighten your day. It is that hot. It’s really, really important that you get
your resume noticed quickly. Today what we’re going to do is we’re going
to talk about, how do you get the resume noticed? What’s actually happening when someone opens
your resumes, how they look at it? How can you make sure that you’re getting
on top of them right away so that they recognize this as something that they want to continue
reading? The third thing we’re going to talk about
is what not to do. Just by way of background and just so you
understand how many resumes I’ve actually looked at in my life. In my career, I have looked at more than a
half a million resumes. I’m not kidding. How could something like that happen? For decades, I have been recruiting and interviewing
and hiring people at a high velocity. Throw in, or maybe a not so thanks, to a great
recession, but thanks to that great recession a number of years back, I spent four entire
years looking at about 1,500 to 2,000 resumes a week. Then we also have some great relationships
with outplacement organizations that help large organizations facilitate the exit of
individuals. Whenever they go into reduction and force
or one of their clients goes into reduction and force, they send us resumes by the thousands
hoping we might be able to help them. I do look at an awful lot of resumes, and
in one of my earlier posts titled How to Fill the Ultimate Professional Resume, I gave you
what I thought was the ideal layout for your resume, whether you’re a professional or a
college student. Let’s talk today about how do you make sure
that that resume gets noticed right away? You already understand how I’ve looked at
so many resumes. Now I want to talk to you about how long you
have. You’ve got about six seconds. That’s from my personal experience, looking
at all of those resumes, that’s about how long it takes me to look at the entire resume
and determine if I want to look at it. If you don’t want to take my word for it,
there are many job sites like The Ladders and Monster and others that year after year
they interview, or they survey. They’re recruiters with the hirers and employers
that are using their site. They ask them, how long does it take you to
analyze a resume? Six seconds is the number, which means you
have five seconds to interrupt that person, to make sure that you get their attention
and that they’re noticing what you have. That’s how long you have. How does somebody like me actually look at
a resume? What’s actually happening in that six seconds? First thing I do, and assuming for the most
part, that somebody’s going to be opening your resume via email or a career portal,
or something of that nature, up is going to come the resume. The first place my eyes go, so my first eye
glance is at the top. I’m looking at the top, center, I’m looking
for your name. I don’t need to see a whole lot of other stuff. I’d like to see your address because I’d like
to know where you live, but I don’t need to see a whole bunch of letters and other hieroglyphics
after your name. That’s just going to prohibit my ability to
remember it. The next thing that I do is I look, all at
once, at the top half of the first page of what should be a no longer than two page resume. I look at the top half. The whole top half. I look at it all at once. I’m looking for something in particular that
I’ll talk about in a couple of moments. I look at the top half of the first page. I don’t read it. I don’t read it no matter what it says. I just look at it. Then what I do is I go down the left column
and I start to look for which organizations or which companies you’ve worked for. I care way more about the companies you worked
for than the particular positions that you’ve held within them. I want to look for super bowlers, people that
have played on a super bowl team that have got good pedigree, that have been well trained. I care more about the company. If I have to look for it, that frustrates
me, so I go down the left column. Then what I do is I go to the next page and
I look at the entire second page all at once only to let myself know, I’m really looking
for just what’s on the page. Is it a little more work history, is it your
education, is it your volunteer programs or activities or other credentials or boards
you sit on, or whatever it might be. That’s what I do. I look at the name at the top. I look at the top half of the resume all at
once. Then I go down the left column, I look for
the organizations. Then I look at the whole second page all at
once. Beyond that I won’t look. If you have third page, it’s just going to
upset me. It frustrates me because you don’t respect
my time. That’s actually how I feel. Now that you understand how I look at the
resume. Now, all of that took me about six seconds. It really took me about six seconds. If the resume’s shorter, it might even take
me less time. That’s all it takes. Now I have to decide, what am I going to do? Based on what information you have there will
tell me whether or not I want to read more. When I think about why did you open this blog
post? There’s probably one of two reasons. You either know me and love me and said, “Oh
my god, Andy’s got another great post or article or video or whatever, I’m going to have to
click it just because I want to read everything he writes,” or, more likely, you have no idea
who I am, and you’re thinking, “Based on the headline, wow, this guy is promising me resume
glory in five seconds. I’m going to check it out.” There was a headline that got your attention
that caused you to click that caused you to get here. You’re resume, assume that you have to do
the same thing with your resume, so where’s the headline go? At the top of the front page. It’s the first thing that they’re going to
see. You need to, in a few seconds, entice them
to want to read more. That’s the real estate that’s the most prime. You’ve got to show them how you add value,
how you can add value to their life, how you can add value to their company, where it is
that you’ve been, what it is that you’ve done, all at the top. The easiest way to do that is just like I
instructed, in How to Build the Ultimate Professional Resume, if you want to look at that, it’s
in the notes. I tell you exactly what you have to put up
there. Two great things, a career profile that in
aggregate shows your entire career in a paragraph or two. The second thing is, your career highlights. What value you’ve contributed and how an organization,
a customer base, or somebody of people or groups has improved because of what you’ve
done. I’m not going to go into all the details. The important message that I want you to understand
is, at the top, the top half of the front page, that’s where you put the career profile
and the career highlights. I promise you that, if done well, and if you
do them in accordance with how I instructed in How to Build the Ultimate Professional
Resume, you’ll have the right language. They’ll be enticed. What that will do is it will help you share
with them immediately who you are. You’ll give them a picture of you in their
mind and you’ll avoid some things I don’t want you to do. There are three really big don’ts. You know, as I mentioned, this is the most
prime real estate that you have to entice the employer to keep reading. Do not, under any circumstances, put an objective
statement. An objective statement is what you want. Not what you offer. Don’t waste any of your prime real estate
on the resume in those few precious seconds that you have, telling them what you want. Tell them what you offer. The second thing that I see a lot of people
do that wastes tons of real estate is putting a laundry list of skills. At first off, putting a laundry list of skills
is bad, but if you put a laundry list of skills that are really, really generic like leadership,
project management, detail oriented, hard working, good communication skills, no one
cares about those. That is your opinion of yourself. What you need to do is you need to make sure
that you’re stating facts and evidence of why you are as awesome as you are. The person who’s looking at the resume isn’t
going to take your word for it. They want to see some hard evidence, at least
on paper, of what you bring to the table. Don’t waste any of that up front area talking
about these generic skills. If you have some really discreet skills that
are really, really good, they’re certifications, they’re training programs, things of that
nature, just put them at the bottom of your resume on the second page. It’s a great spot for them. Just make sure that they’re something really
worth putting in and not these really generic labels that you can actually talk about in
a more concrete fashion throughout the resume. The third thing, if you are a professional,
and when I say professional, I mean you’ve been working for longer than 24 hours, don’t
put your education at the top. Put your education at the bottom. The moment you have your first job and you
are working, you’re now a pro. Take that education, move it to the bottom
of the resume, wherever that might be, bottom of the first page, bottom of the second page,
middle of the second page, doesn’t matter, but put the education there. Education is great, but we don’t want you
consuming the top portion of the resume, the most prime real estate with education unless
you are a college student. I also talk about collegiate resumes and all
that stuff. It’s also in the body and in the notes. I hope that really helps. You want to make sure, the moral of the story
is, you want to make sure that you’re taking the top half of the front of your resume and
putting in a career profile that’s an aggregation of who you are and what you’ve done, as well
as three major valuable contributions, the ones you’re most proud of, up at the top. Like I said, I instruct exactly how to do
that in How to Build the Ultimate Professional Resume. Couple other quick things. If you really, really want more resume help,
in the next couple of weeks, I’m going to be doing an hour long resume on how to write
the perfect resume. Depending on when you’re watching this or
when you’re seeing this, it might already be out. The second thing is, I’ve got a great job
interviewing webinar. It’s free. It’s live. This job interviewing webcast is called Three
Keys to Ace Your Job Interview. It’s fantastic. We’ve been running some sessions so far. That’s in the notes on how to sign up. Lastly, if you enjoyed this, please share
it or give me some comments on the blog or on the social feeds. Always love to hear from you. Until next time, have a good one.


100 thoughts on “How to Get Your Resume Noticed by Employers in 5 Seconds Guaranteed”

  • Thank you so much for sharing this info… came across your videos today and i been watching them. Cant wait to be called for an interview… taking your tips

  • I disagree with adding paragraphs to the resume. They're "word walls". When hiring managers or recruiters need to get through a stack of resumes to determine who to contact for an interview, the last thing they want to do is slam their foreheads against "word walls". Brief, consise bullet points for emphasis is better, in my opinion. I agree with you when you say that applicants have about 6 seconds (I tell my clients it's a bit longer than that), but anyway, regardless, it's absolutely true that you have to make a good impression right away. I do like how you say to get rid of objective statements, and to instead state what you can offer the employer. That's a great sounding lead in.

  • What the bleep! says:

    I used to work for HR for the state and part of my job was to look at resumes. I’ve seen resumes with font size 18 or one with alot of short term jobs (one of them lasting 1 day) and passed on those. It is true we only spend a few seconds on your resume. We quickly eye the experience then education.

  • Hi Andrew, I have been applying to many companies but with no success. Saw your video on the 5 sec resume view. Can I have your mail id.

  • There was no wrong or right way, then again, there were templates for the chosen profession, it’s all about a point of view, it can appeal to a certain amount of employers, right place at the right time, even CV reviews get it wrong, in the end like you, we all become experts at trying to beat the Applicants Tracking Software computers using key words, still doesn’t guarantee a interview.

  • Mimie Nur Afiqah Ismail Omar says:

    Hi! So I went to a career fair today and I follow every tips you said and I got 3 interview on the spot today. Thank you!!

  • Tahrin Choudhury says:

    Is there anyway I can see a templet? I have went to few resume writer specialist they told me put education at the top.  If I can see the template it will help me to fix my resume.

  • Nereshnee Govender says:

    Hi Andrew. What if you are applying to another country? The companies that I have worked for are government parastatals in my country and are extremely reputable.However, the name will mean nothing to an overseas employer. Should I include the type or the nature of the business in brackets next to the company name so that the employer has an idea? I don't know another way around this!

  • Rebecca Doherty says:

    Hello Andrew. I left my last job in mid 2017, since then I have been unemployed but in full time study; should I still place my education at the end and have employers see that 2 year gap in my work history right away, or can I leave it at the start where it currently is?

  • Thanks for the advises Andrew!
    One question: would a clean and stylish landscape resume make me stick out and interesting or would it just be too different and set aside?

  • I feel bad for older professionals who have a long work history and get bypassed by this guy who assumes the applicants are purposefully trying to disrespect his time.

  • I have been told big companies and Govt use software to scan your resume and make the first selection before it even gets to human eyes.. is this true??

  • Thank you for this information sir! I am not new to resumes, but I am aware that I need to transition the way its written out before applying to more jobs. I wanted to learn from experts to build myself in this area so I can grow more in job hunting. God bless!

  • You say address but recent guidance I've received stated not to put address.  The reason being that companies might gauge your level of interest of commitment to the position as less if they know you are having to make a long commute or move.

  • Hi ANDREW, your videos have been really helpful, can you please make a video on how to properly tailor your resume to a job description. Thanks

  • Great video with apt information. Sir basically I am an English teacher,having ten years of experience. Can you help me create a new resume with all attractive ideas you have mentioned. It would be pleasing if you provide me contact number or email I'd. Thanks a lot. Have a great time

  • Hi Andrew, thank you for your videos. As a government sector employee, should my resume follow a different format? I have been looking for a new job for a while and have incorporated your resume tips. However, I have gotten very few interviews and no offers. I would appreciate any advice. Thank you.

  • Thank you very much for the tips. I'm in a highly specialised profession with generally no more than 20 applicants for each job. Would you modify your approach to resumes and cover letters at all in this domain given the attention provided to each application is likely much higher.

  • thearchitect27 says:

    Great advice! But can't specific skill sets in the engineering and construction sector be listed in that top half, since many employers want to see what computer programs an engineer knows? What are your thoughts?

  • Uğur M. Genc says:

    Hi Andrew,
    I have some doubts… Could you had chance to compare things in U.S and Europe?
    I mean can you suggest the structure of the resume which you were describing in your other videos will also work well in EU?

  • Hush little baby drink your spoiled milk James says:

    Should I put my working experience at the top even if I had only worked in a retail store?

  • Hi Andrew,

    About tables, you told already that do not use tables.

    But, what if? ; I use tables in word, to make it better aligning and make it more like a funnel as you suggested, and later make them invisible and only text can be seen and save it in pdf and send the only pdf version to recruiters, tracking systems may have difficult still? What are your experiences about that, can you please share it in here?

  • Cindy Surdock says:

    Thank you! I spent two hours making the changes you recommended on my cover letter and resume. I had tried to get an interview with this company several times. This time, I submitted it and within hours I got an email for a video interview. Great Video!

  • Based upon 12 years in the tech industry, I don’t know that some of these tips apply to that market. If they are looking for a network engineer with experience on Cisco ACI, F5 load balancer and BGP routing protocol, then those better be on the first page of your resume. The tech industry is far too specialized that you can spend 10 years in a job title and not touch the technology the employer is looking for.

  • Amy Pollicino says:

    Thanks, any advice for folks seeking education and/or nonprofit work? Sounds like folks you are speaking to may be more business or corporate oriented. Also wondering how to possibly allude to wanting a position for a short period (a year or two). I'm trying to find work while reapplying to schools for a PhD program. I am looking to find some relevant nonprofit work, but am hopefully going to be entering higher ed in the near future. Not sure how to address this in interviews and applications if folks are wondering where I see myself in 5 years. I do not want to come off as having one foot out the door before I even get a foot in the door with potential employers.

  • Oscar Milano Mai says:

    So confusing. ATS wants to scan keywords before you can pass the initial screening. Now you wanted me to not be generic with key words. Lots of these job descriptions are full of generic key words. If I can't past initial screening, how would the resume be in front of a recruiter? Additionally, what's the differences between a resume and an application?

  • Santi Taweesamarn says:

    Hello, I am new to your channel (just watched the 3 tips for writing a resume). I love your tips and videos so far. However, I have always had this 1 problem (I think) and that is my career list. I am a 24 years old industrial design student. I have only had 1 job which i started when i was 14 and worked there for roughly 7-8 years (from 2009-2017).

    As you can see, I do not have much to fill under the career list. What should I do? Emphasize the other areas on the resume? Any tip is appreaciated sir.

  • Honestly your tips are so insightful. Really glad I subscribed. Currently I work for a conpany of "Engie" I didn't think about how relevant that would be on my profile. I have never come across a channel that is as dedicated and committed to providing an exceptional service to people as yours. Great stuff.

  • how long should a resume be? i would like someone to check mine. I edited it after sitting down with a masters business student at Duke University and still, I got crap from people telling me that I have sold myself short because i wrote it on one page. thank you

  • rocky mountain lass says:

    Andy, I don't want to job hunt- that is futile, I want to bag the prize. Many sites tell you how to hunt, but many hunters never bring home a meal. They just are out in the woods, looking at the many opportunities they could have, never scoring anything. I want that big game slung over my shoulder so it can go on the BBQ at the end of the day. I come back to you because you hone my skill so that I am not wasting the "season" but catching and bagging the prize so I can sink my teeth in the bounty, so to speak.

  • What I would like to know is when you are applying for a job online at company's website and they ask you to upload your resume to them, what is the best format? Should it be free of bullet points, lines and other things their system may not pick up? Should it be a plain Word doc? What would you suggest? Thank you!

  • Anila Hylviu says:

    Hi Andrew. Where can I find the template of your recommended resume or the word usage that you are mentioning in the video.

  • Chris Ludecke says:

    I'm living in northern Cal and trying to get a job in San Diego how can I stand out when I'm on the other side of the state?

  • Arno van Zoeren says:

    So I've been wondering…I am entering a new career field a little late in life, which means that my work history is not very relevant to the field I'm trying to get into. How do I make my "places I've worked" work for me?

  • I usually draw the employer a nice picture of a smiley face and the sun on the 3rd page of my resume. They seem to like that. #trustme

  • John Ohkuma-Thiel says:

    This is the most non-BS explanation of how to fix my resume I’ve ever heard or read.

    Once I get the interview, if I actually want the job, I get it. I’m amazing at interviews. But on paper, I’m dead in the water, and that’s what I need to get those interviews for the job I really want.

    One question though; I get what you’re saying and agree about generic, ambiguous ‘skills’ like leadership, being proactive, all that nonsense, and I’ve never used such terms, but do I really need to list skills like Excel, Word, Outlook, and other skills that I consider ubiquitous? If I say I’m highly proficient at Excel, are they actually going to believe me? For example, I’m great at contract management; I negotiate the terms, conditions, and pricing of contracts, cradle to grave of the deal and whatever happens to it in between; these are things that are never going to flash up in candidate search engines. I feel like I have to dumb it down, also flaunt how smart and skilled I really am, and yet bullet point and quantify it—like a moron. Everyone I talk to about resumes demands this is the way to do it, but it gets me nowhere.

    I have rock star business credentials, and it used to be that was all I needed, but now it’s like none of that matters. I’m struggling, and I don’t know why.

  • Nadia Worsley says:

    That's BS that you look at what companies people work for vs. what they can do for your company. Oh no!!!!

  • Great tips! Thank you. I haven’t worked in 5 years (had my kids and now they’ll all be in school). I’m so anxious and excited to go back. Looking at my old resume makes me realize that I’ll need to make lots of changes. Will my employers wonder why I have a 5 year gap? Should I just explain that in the interview?

  • Thanks for the tips. I'm trying to find a good job so I can keep my house and not live on the street. Super hard to find anything as a high school drop out. Your input is so appreciated…

  • The Adventures of a Florentine says:

    Thanks for your great video. I have a question: I obtained a PhD carrying out my research in a pharmaceutical company. Should I put my PhD in the education section or in my work experience section of the resume?

  • Thanks for the tips Andrew. I disagree with the part of not including a personal goal. If I listen to a recruiter from a certain company suggesting not to include this or telling me that they don’t want to waste time seeing this information, that to me would mean that they’re not interested in a win-win relationship since they are not really considering the candidate’s personal needs as much as their business needs. I have also read many resumes in my professional life and in my perspective an individual selling or offering their experience and talent to a company is also a human being with real life goals. The objective of a recruiter is to also find out the best matching relationship between business and personal interests and needs. Personal goals can help you define if a person might be a better candidate to a position and also to identify if the company will be able to offer the candidate whatever he/she is looking for. In resume, I think personal goal is as important as value proposition. Is a win-win relationship.

  • Parbati Dhungana says:

    Thank you so much for this video. While viewing it, I was concerned about the content of the career summary for the refreshers such as me who has only 2-3 month experiences of short work assignments. Could you please help me to get out of this stuck?
    I will be waiting for your valuable suggestions.

  • Sam Archer Music says:

    How you can make a deicision on whether to offer someone a job without properly reading their CV is completely beyond me.

  • for me i cant break down 20 years into 5 seconds no matter how many videos I've watched of yours Andrew, i get you but im not you so that's my problem i just cant do it Sorry

  • Tintin Esparguera says:

    I would like to improve my resume. Im not confident enough by the looks of its.. looks boring and no point of excellency.please help me

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