The 7-Second Resume Scan by HR- 7 Pro Tips on How to Stand Out

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7 Second Resume Scan by HR
7 Second Resume Scan by HR

Do you know, the top fortune 500 companies receive up to 2 million job applications every year? That means, even if your resume passes the ATS ( To know more about ATS, Click here), it still has to go through HR. With thousands of resumes to go through, how does HR select candidates for an interview? 

 

The answer is simple. In the 2018 Eye-Tracking Study, it was found that the time HR spends on the initial screen of a resume is 7.4 seconds.

 

That means that you have only 7 seconds to stand out from the rest of the fish in the job recruitment pound. But the question is how to capture HR's attention? How to show them you are best for the job? Don't worry, here are 5 pro tips that will help you stand out as the best candidate for the job.

 

The HR goes through your resume in 3 scans. If your resume fails even one of the three scans, you will get rejected even before 7-seconds are over! So to get all the scans right, let's break them step by step.

 

 

Scan 1.

 

This is the most important scan as they filter out most candidates here. What the HR looks for in this scan are three points-

 

 

1. Relevance of the Candidate

 

The most important thing HR will see is your Job Title. What are you applying for? Imagine, if you are applying for a python developer job and in your resume you write data analyst, what do you think the HR will do? They will reject your resume after reading just that single line. Hence, writing the relevant job title in your resume is important. 

 

2. Years of Experience

 

The HR will do a quick math to check if the years on your resume match with the years of experience they sent out in job requirements. So make sure the years are easily visible on your resume and written in chronological order. Remember to use the right format for writing the date, i.e. MM/YYYY.

 

3. Location

 

This point might not look that important but can be the reason you might get rejected. The location or where you are living matters a lot in case the job is out of station. Let's take this example, you live in Chennai and the job is in Delhi. The HR will reject your resume because why are you applying for a job that is geographically impossible from your current location. The trick is to mention willing to relocate in your resume. So that the HR knows that you are going to come to Delhi if you get the job.

 

4. College Name

 

As a fresher, one of the most important points in your resume will be the college name and your GPA. If you have graduated from a National level institute, flaunt it. Your resume is like an advertisement, where you convince HR how you are the best candidate for the job.( To know more about , how to write a freshers resume , Click Here)
 

 

Scan 2.

 

If you keep in mind the above points, you will easily pass the first scan. In the next scan , the HR will look for one important point, The Skill Section.

 

 

5. Skill Section

 

Skills are the most important requirement for any given job. If you are a graphic designer, how can you say you are one? You must have some skills, know some software to prove that you are a graphic designer? You will mention knowing software like Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Corel draw, Blender, 3d max, AutoCAD etc. You must have knowledge of EODs & PODs, Color theory etc. to say that you have knowledge of design. Remember, the skills that you mention should match the job description, that way the HR will know you are the right candidate for the job.

 

6. Work Experience

 

The next thing they will look for in your resume is your work experience. If you are even qualified enough to work for the job. How can you say that you know a given skill? Do you have experience to back your claims? For example, the job description says that the company wants a candidate with at least 5 years of experience and you don’t mention your work experience in your resume , even after having it. What do you think will happen? You will be rejected on the spot, even after having the right qualifications for the job. Therefore having the right work experience that matches the Job description is important. 

 

Scan 3.

 

The last and final scan. If you make it through here, chances are you will land an interview. But before you get that, you must pass this final exam.

 

 

 

7. Impact Statements

 

You know how empty words and promises hold no value? If you back your accomplishments with Impactful statements, not only do you give a backbone to your claims, they make you stand out from the crowd. You tell, who will the HR hire? A person who writes I have exceptional leadership skills or someone who says selected first  out of 230 participants for exceptional leadership skills. The latter obviously stands out and sounds better. Therefore it's important to write impactful statements to support your claims in your resume.

 

Keeping in mind all this can be confusing. But don’t worry, HyreSnap has got your back. Our AI Engine extracts the keywords from the job description and automatically includes them in your resume within minutes. Not only that, it helps you present your skills and accomplishments in an optimal manner that matches the job description. We also provide you with a job search option where you can easily find jobs that match your resume in any city of your choice. Our resume formats are ATS friendly and approved by more than 40 HR experts. We make your resume-building process easy and efficient. You can write your job-winning resume in just fifteen minutes. Use HyreSnap resume builder to make your perfect resume now.

 

 

Author: Khushi Malhotra