Resumes and cover letters are the
foundation of your job search.
Competition in the job market is fierce. A corporate job opening attracts 250 resumes on average and only four-to-six applicants will get called in for an interview.
A solid resume and cover letter will get you noticed. Here are the resume facts and statistics you need to know for 2020.
Customizing your resume is key to landing a great interview.
The majority of hiring managers (61%) consider a customized resume the No. 1 tactic for applicants trying to boost their chance of getting a job. The others include:
After all, you don't have much time to impress.
Recruiters spend an average of seven seconds reviewing a resume.
You don't want your submission to come off as "too generic," and give recruiters a reason to dismiss you.
You are more likely to be dismissed if your cover letter and resume have the following issues:
Be careful. Recruiters have plenty of pet peeves.
They don’t want to see the following on your resume:
Plus, you'll need to get past the company's applicant tracking system (ATS).
About 98 percent of Fortune 500 companies use an ATS in their hiring process, which sorts through resumes before a human sees it.
This is a big deal because ATS prevents about 75 percent of resumes from being seen by human eyes.
Don't lie, either. They'll catch you.
In 2017, 85 percent of HR professionals uncovered a lie or misrepresentation on a candidate’s resume or job application during the screening process – up from 66 percent 5 years prior.
And make sure to include both hard and soft skills on you resume
The description on a job opening contains an average of 21.8 skills, while resumes list only 13 skills on average.
Resumes fall short to roughly the same degree on both hard and soft skills, matching only 59 percent of hard skills and 62 percent of soft skills.
That’s not totally surprising: Only 47 percent of workers believe job descriptions reflect actual responsibilities.
as well as a few terms from the 10 most
frequently cited skills in job ads
Even if you're perfect, there's bias in the resume review process
“Whitening” resumes (i.e., removing ethnic details) leads to a greater response from employers.
and plenty of factors that increase hireability are
outside of your control
ages 28 and 35
Having an obviously
but there's plenty you can control, including:
- Dropping the occasional industry buzzword to appeal to the ATS (but not too many).
- Using concrete numbers to demonstrate your value.
- Applying on Mondays, not on Fridays.
- Not overusing “team player” or other highly collaborative descriptors.
- Using leadership-oriented words (e.g., communicated, coordinated, leadership, managed, organization).
- Not using personal pronouns in the employment section.
- Including a Key Skills section of 15-20 words.
- Applying in the first four days after a job is posted.
- Applying between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.