June 16, 2014 | By Lisa Dare, TEKsystems Digital Content Strategist
As a former screener for a popular staffing firm, I've read hundreds of resumes, sometimes dozens in a single day. As the first step in the screening process, my job was to decide if your resume made it to the manager. This is pretty much how every job screening in the world works: If you don't pass the initial review, you never make it to the second step.
And like most screeners, I didn't give your document lots of time to reveal your qualifications. In fact, the reported average time a hiring manager spends reading a resume is six seconds.
I’d guess my average was closer to 15 or 20, but job seekers applying for highly competitive positions shouldn't count on such a generous allowance.
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Lisa Dare is a marketing writer for TEKsystems who enjoys learning about IT from some of the smartest folks in tech. A former HR staffer, Lisa frequently blogs about work-life balance and career advice.