Job Application It’s usually flattering when someone hangs on your every word. For job seekers, this kind of scrutiny takes on a whole new meaning. According to a new survey by OfficeTeam, executives spend more than six minutes, on average, screening each resumé received.

Considering these documents are usually only one or two pages in length, this suggests many are being examined with a fine-toothed comb.

Executives were asked, “Approximately how much time, in minutes, do you spend screening each resumé when reviewing job applicants for an advertised position?”

The average response was 6.4 minutes.

“Executives are paying extra attention to application materials to avoid costly hiring mistakes — something no company can afford,” said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam.

“To improve their chances of passing the initial screening process, job seekers should craft resumés that are accurate, clear and error-free.”

Some tips:

• Get off to a good start: Be specific and concise when describing past accomplishments and highlight these achievements up front.

• Tailor the content: Customize your resumé so it speaks directly to a potential employer’s needs.

• Do the two-minute test: Ask a friend or family member to review your resumé and summarize its key points for you. Make sure the most valuable information is being conveyed to readers.

• Keep it simple: Refrain from using complicated language, graphics or distracting fonts that can make the resumé difficult to read.

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