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Does Your Resume Pass The 30 Second Test?

Posted on September 17th, by Henry Goldbeck in Job Search, Resume Writing. 2 comments

Does Your Resume Pass The 30 Second Test

Does Your Resume Pass The 30 Second Test

Employers and recruiters spend less than 30 seconds to scan your resume and determine whether you have what it takes to move to the next hiring stage. You may be a great candidate but your resume may not reflect that. So how do you grab their attention in 30 seconds? Take  the 30 second resume test to determine whether your resume passes the test.

How to Take the 30 Second Resume Test

  1. On the Job ad highlight 5-8 key skill requirements
  2. Fold the first page of your resume in half
  3. Set the clock to 30 seconds and count how many key skill requirements and accomplishments match the highlighted points in the job ad.

You could read a lot in 30 seconds, to pass the test you need to match at least 5 key skill requirements and or accomplishments within 30 seconds.

Think of how you might read a newspaper, you read headlines, bolded fonts and quotations. Rarely do we read a newspaper front to end without skipping a few paragraphs. Articles are usually organized with subheadings and, quotations are formatted as an easy attention grabber. Translate this to your resume.

The 5 – Point Resume Assessment series is focused on writing and marketing techniques specific to the resume and your online profile.

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Henry E. Goldbeck, President of Goldbeck Recruiting Inc, is a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and founded Goldbeck Recruiting in 1997. Since then, Henry has built the company's reputation as a leading headhunter and recruitment agency in sales, marketing, operations, engineering, and executive level positions across a variety of industries.

2 thoughts on “Does Your Resume Pass The 30 Second Test?

  1. Some good tips in terms of what should be on your resume and linking it to specific skill requirements. However, I would hope there are recruiters that take the due diligence to review and actually connect with the people who send in resumes so they know the face and personality behind the resume. In my mind, recruiting is all about people and building relationships – if not for the advertised role but for something else that comes along. Can’t imagine there are too many relationships (in any walk of life) developed after a 30 second scan.

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    enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.

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