A recent article examined the styles of resumes and what catches a reader’s attention. The focus was on how narrative style resumes are outdated, do not catch the reader’s attention quickly and can even convey a negative idea that something is trying to be hidden. And most importantly, the time investment that a reader must devote to that resume.
As a hiring manager, we want to glance at a resume and be able to tell you who they are, what they have done, where they attended school and been employed, when were they last employed, and what are they looking to do. By stating the 5 W’s clearly, quickly and efficiently, readers are more apt to continue, as well as, read more in depth. By addressing the keywords in a headline and major bullet points at first glance, the reader’s attention is caught and has raised the interest of the reader. This is the strategy that newspapers and magazines use to catch reader’s eyes, raise interest, and result in the consumer buying that media to read the story in its entirety. A resume using the same strategies will more often find their way into a hiring manager’s hands for a longer length of time.