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.
Recruiters spend an average of seven seconds reviewing a resume.
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.
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.
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.