Learning Ladders: Does my resume need a recruiter, or a review?

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“Is my resume ready for recruiters? Or a review that will right my resume and give me an edge?”

Right my resume?” Checking for typos is always a great start!

Although here we’re looking at making your existing resume perfect, not writing a new one from scratch.

And with over 17 years experience and tech expertise, we can automate that experience…

…to give you your resume review in 35 seconds or less.

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Ladders resume reviewer, reviewing a resume in 35 seconds or less.


But hey, before you jump in, check out your 5-step guide to career success!

1.  Recruiters Will Give Your Resume 7.4 Seconds

Understanding the habits of high-end recruiters, under pressure to find the perfect candidates for top employers, is step one to getting a serious edge in your next career step.

Ladders’ resume eye-tracking study uncovered some serious stats.

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Photo: Shutterstock; Ladders’ famous eye-tracking study revealed powerful insights.

2. A Simple Layout Will Sell Your Brand

Just like the simplest website designs, an easily scannable resume format creates an eye-catching resume for recruiters who sift through hundreds each day.

Keep it simple, keep it scannable, and optimize your job search in the process.

3. White Space & Black Words Always Work

Just like the public when reading, recruiters love white space on resumes. For us, that means bullet points. They also like simple, bolded headlines like the ones in our sample resumes. Why?

Because bold text attracts the eye when scanning. And that can cause busy recruiters to stick around.

4. Your Resume Needs Facts, Stats &… Results!

Never mistake your resume as the place to tell your life story, or painfully recount all your job duties, as if copying the original job description you came across.

Use bullet points showing results: stats, percentages and tangible results plus great placing of information are all signs of good resume writing that will keep recruiters reading.

An optimized Ladders resume with highlights showing formatting examples.
An editable, free resume template download, optimized for recruiters.

5. Long Stories Made Short Are Loved

For a professional with less than 10 years of experience, a 1-page resume is ideal. For professionals with 10 years or more, two pages should cover all relevant points.

A short story filled with facts and stats and success verbs is the best way to move up today.

Ladders #1 best seller by Ladders CEO Marc Cenedella.