On average, recruiters spend 30 seconds or less reading your resume, that’s why it’s a must to pass the 30-second rule test if you want recruiters to consider endorsing you for an interview. If your resume can immediately answer these questions, then your resume can definitely capture the Recruiter’s attention:

What job are you looking for? 

You need to be definite about what job you want. For example, if you want to work as a marketing associate, you need to include this job title on your resume. It immediately stands out and catches the attention of the recruiter. This saves the recruiter a lot of time so they don’t have to read through your work experience just to see what your most recent work experience was.

What value can you offer? 

Include your skills and expertise on your resume. The ones that are closely related to the job you are applying for. If you are applying as a welder include your training and experience as a professional welder. Go through the years of experience and special projects that you’ve accomplished.

What are your strengths? 

Whatever job you will apply for you should always include your strengths. The best way to do this is to always make it relevant to the job title. For example, if you’re applying as a production operator, you can include this under your strengths: Able to work with minimal supervision because of my ability to read blueprints and engineering schematics.

What is your proof that what you say on your resume is true? 

Recruiters would often ask you for proof of work if you applying for a job especially if it is a highly specialized one. Always be ready to provide samples of work or pictures if possible.


Sometimes a demonstration is needed to prove that you are able to perform the tasks that you will be doing on a daily basis especially for work that requires skills and precision. List down all the needed skills, abilities, and know how needed for the job would make it easier for you to pass the initial screening of your resume and  will immediately give you an opportunity for an interview.

The uniqueness of the information listed on your resume is your key to passing the 30-second test. When the information on your resume correlates to the desired know-how, skills, and abilities needed for the job you will almost always be able to get a first good impression.

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