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April 17, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Get Your Resume Noticed Within 5 Seconds

Finding a job can be a long tiring process for an individual these days. With many people being jobless and graduating from the best universities in the world, competition from the few advertised vacancies can be fierce.

It approximately takes as little as 5 to 15 seconds for a recruiter to decide to look further into your resume and you need to pass the 5-second test. How do you write the best resume examples that get noticed in 5 seconds? Here are five ways to do so.

Include Your Title

Your title is the first part a recruiter will look at when filtering resumes.  It’s the first thing they’re going to see. It’s important to put the title of the resume because lots of people are applying for the same job. A hiring manager will look for specific fits for the role. For example, if you were a sales representative and the recruiter requires a sales manager, putting the title there allows them to filter the resumes effectively. In the few seconds you have, you need to entice them to want to read more.

Indicate Your Experience

Hiring Managers will look at your experience, the organizations, and companies you’ve worked with. Recruiters care way more about the companies you’ve worked for than the positions you’ve held within them. They look for super bowlers, those that got a good pedigree and are well trained.

Use Keywords

You have to use the right keywords when writing or editing your resume. In most cases, they won’t entirely go through your document with a fine tooth comb. You have to tweak it to be in line with the recruiter’s language. For example, if you are looking for a job as a “Storekeeper,” but the job description wants a “Stores Manager,” twist your resume to include the Stores Manager. You can further add in more keywords, most of which you can get from the job description and requirements.

Quantifiable Bullet Points

It’s necessary to have three to five quantifying bullet points for every job. They’re the key achievements you’ve had to show your employer you’re the perfect fit for the job. You need to make sure they’re as specific as possible and data-driven. For example, Y results from doing X or from doing X I achieved Y results.

Keep It to One Page

You only got five seconds of making an impression. Therefore, you don’t need to write cliché words as it’s going to be a detrimental for you to get noticed. For instance, if you got lots of years of experience, list a line of items that say you worked from Y date to X date at this company. And the next one X date to Z date at that company. The employer will only look at relevant experiences of up to 5 years. Keeping it past that makes it difficult to understand your case.


Remember to take a few moments to review your resume. You don’t want any grammar mistakes or typos in it. If you are struggling to find your next job, these tips will come in handy to help you propel you to your future career.

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