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The Best & Worst Words to Use on a Résumé



A recent survey of 2,201 hiring managers and HR professionals by employment website CareerBuilder indicates that your résumé may get more face-time than previously thought.

In contrast to an earlier finding by a different employment website that hiring authorities spend an average of six seconds reviewing a résumé, the majority (68%) of survey respondents reported spending on average less than two minutes, with only one in six hiring managers (17%) admitting to 30 seconds or less.

Whether you choose to believe in the six seconds or two minutes (and personally, considering the inherent response bias of the self-report method, we find the finding based on eye-tracking data more trustworthy), we think we can all agree that job applicants don’t have much time to impress potential employers with their résumés.

So besides crafting a company and position-specific résumé, and beyond formatting and checking it for common typos and grammatical errors, what else can you do to keep a hiring manager’s attention for as long as possible?

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