For the specific case of an online job posting, on average, 1,000 individuals will see a job post, 200 will begin the application process, 100 will complete the application, 75 of those 100 resumes will be screened out by either the ATS or a recruiter, 25 resumes will be seen by the hiring manager, 4 to 6 will be invited for an interview, 1 to 3 of them will be invited back for final interview, 1 will be offered that job and 80 percent of those receiving an offer will accept it (Talent Function Group LLC).
When you ask individual recruiters directly, they report that they spend up to 5 minutes reviewing each individual resume.
The research also revealed that just like resumes, weak organization, and scannability within a Linked In profile negatively impacted the recruiter’s ability to “process the profile” (The Ladders).
Recruiters report that over 50 percent of applicants for a typical job fail to meet the basic qualifications for that job ().
And finally, if you think the information in your cover letter will provide added support for your qualifications, you might be interested to know that a mere 17 percent of recruiters bother to read cover letters (Be Hiring).However, a recent research study from The Ladders that included the direct observation of the actions of corporate recruiters demonstrated that the boast of this extended review time is a huge exaggeration.You may be shocked to know that the average recruiter spends a mere 6 seconds reviewing a resume.Having a clear or professionally organized resume format that presents relevant information where recruiters expect it will improve the rating of a resume by recruiter by a whopping 60 percent, without any change to the content (a 6.2 versus a 3.9 usability rating for the less-professionally organized resume).And if you make that common mistake of putting your resume in a PDF format, you should realize that many ATS systems will simply not be able to scan and read any part of its content (meaning instant rejection).