Recruiters look at your resume for six seconds. Six seconds! Try scanning an article for that length of a time and see what you notice.

Not a lot, right? You probably looked at the bolded or highlighted words, any bright colors, and maybe a bit of the actual content.

Well, that’s precisely what hiring managers do. In fact, a study of a couple dozen found that from all the content on a typical resume, they only look at big titles, dates, and a miniscule amount of your actual experience.

Rather than get depressed that all your expertly crafted bullet points went to waste, learn exactly what you can do to stand out.

Oh, and P.S., if your resume makes it past this first round, it will be looked at more thoroughly—so all that effort you put into it was not a waste!

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