5 Facts About Resumes

How many resumes did you receive last time you put up a job posting? In the past few years, many employers have been getting hundreds of job applicants for a single open position. Knowing some fun facts about resumes can make slogging through all of those resumes a bit easier.

Five Fun Facts About Curriculum Vitae (aka Resumes)

Here are five facts you might or might know about resumes:

  1. Only 35 percent of job applicants are actually qualified for the job for which they are applying. That means six or seven of the resumes you read are from people who could not do the job you have open. Talk about a waste of time.
  2. The average time spent reviewing a resume the first time is less than 30 seconds. When you’ve got 300 resumes to review, and a big client meeting later on in the day, you are going to scan each resume as fast as possible to see if that person is remotely qualified. Up to 80 percent of resumes are tossed after this first scan.
  3. In 2015, over 90 percent of resumes are submitted to potential employers via email or other electronic means. That is significantly higher than the 22 percent that were submitted that way back in 2000. What do you think of a job applicant who submits a paper resume instead of an electronic one?
  4. Adding a picture to a resume gives a job candidate an 88 percent chance of getting their application thrown out. Unless you have an open position for a model or actor, you probably don’t need or want to see an applicant’s face before the interview. 
  5. Resumes serve two purposes. They are marketing tools for job seekers. They are screening tools for potential employers. No wonder many resumes are mixed up, full of errors, and seem to have no structure. They don’t know what they are supposed to be.

Keep these facts in mind the next time you pick up a resume to review. It will bring a smile to your face and make the job a bit easier to take.

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