True Confessions of the Hiring Manager Reading Your Resume

7 seconds – that’s how long I give every resume. You’ve got seven seconds to show me that it’s worth my time to continue reading.

Let’s start at the beginning. I’ve been hiring resources, on contract, full-time, part-time, hourly, and salaried job positions for over 20 years. That has been across a variety of industries, although most recently, I have been hiring for high-tech corporate environments. In smaller companies, hiring managers perform their own screening, which means every resume or application hits my inbox directly.

I have looked at many resumes. Not as many as a human resources professional, but definitely in the hundreds, if not thousands, by now.


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