Resumes Are Reviewed in Only Six Seconds

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

In a recent study on hiring practices, researchers found that on average, hiring managers spend approximately six seconds on each resume they review. Researchers at The Ladders, as reported by Business Insider, reviewed the practices of more than two-dozen recruiters.

The findings from the study showed that employers scan resumes from the top of the resume, down the left side of the paper. These hiring managers scanned the resume for the following items:

  • The person’s name and personal information,
  • The person’s current employer and their position,
  • The hiring date and ending date of this current (or most recent) position,
  • The applicant’s previous positions and the dates of employment, and
  • The applicant’s education.

Based on research and common sense, your resume needs to be clear and concise. You need to effectively use white space, fonts, bolding, and underlining to highlight the items outlined above. You will also want to avoid lengthy sentences and paragraphs. Instead use bullet points and short statements. After all, you need to show the employer how you meet the minimum qualifications for the job within approximately six seconds.

Remember, ultimately the job will go to the candidate who is best prepared and who effectively executes the basics of the job interview process.  In the job search process, these basics include such things as using the proper format for writing your resume and cover letter, using the proper interviewing techniques, and using the proper follow-up strategies.  For more information on the basic fundamental skills needed for the job search process, check out my book Getting Hired in College Sports at


Howard Gauthier is an Associate Professor of Athletic Administration at Idaho State University. He is a former collegiate athletic director and collegiate basketball coach. He is also an author of 9 books. Check out his book, Getting Hired In College Sports – 2nd Edition at or his new book Execute for Success at


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In Getting Hired In College Sports you will discover:

  • The types of jobs that exist in college sports
  • How to plan and navigate your career
  • How to create an effective job search campaign 
  • The proper way to create an effective resume, cover letter, and sales pitch
  • How to properly brand yourself
  • Techniques and strategies to prepare for your interview
  • How to properly prepare yourself for the five types of interview questions 
  • How to properly follow-up after the interview in order to influence the decision of the hiring manager

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“I have recommended this book to many aspiring sports administrators.  A must read for anyone whom has a goal of working in athletic administration”

-Bill Fusco
Director of Athletics
Sonoma State University




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