And finally be aware that whatever else that you have on your resume, the recruiter will have only the remaining approximately 2 seconds to find and be impressed with it.

However, a recent research study from The Ladders that included the direct observation of the actions of corporate recruiters demonstrated that the boast of this extended review time is a huge exaggeration.

You may be shocked to know that the average recruiter spends a mere 6 seconds reviewing a resume.

Part of the reason for that high “not-qualified” rate is because when an individual is looking at a job opening, even though they report that they spend 10 minutes reviewing in detail each job which they thought was a “fit” for them, we now know that they spend an average of just 76 seconds (and as little as 50 seconds) reading and assessing a position description that they apply for (The Ladders).

Most of that roughly 60-second job selection time reviewing the position description is actually spent reviewing the narrow introductory section of the description that only covers the job title, compensation, and location.

We also know from observation that nearly 4 seconds of that 6-second scan is spent looking exclusively at four job areas, which are: 1) job titles, 2) companies you worked at, 3) start/end dates and 4) education.

Like it or not, that narrow focus means that unless you make these four areas extremely easy for them to find within approximately four seconds, the odds are high that you will be instantly passed over.

Because many recruiters and hiring managers use Linked In profiles either to verify or to supplement resume information, those profiles also impact your chances.

Ey- tracking technology used by The Ladders revealed that recruiters spend an average of 19 percent of their time on your Linked In profile simply viewing your picture (so a professional picture may be worthwhile).

A similar study found the review time to be 5 – 7 seconds (Be Hiring).

Obviously six seconds only allows a recruiter to quickly scan (but not to read) a resume.

As a result of not actually spending the necessary time reviewing and side-by-side comparing the requirements to their own qualifications, job applicants end up applying for many jobs where they have no chance of being selected.