Rockstar resumes? 72% of professionals say their resumes are above average quality

Ladders latest research study reveals that 72% of high-earning professionals surveyed believe their resumes are above average quality, while only 56% claim familiarity with best practices in resume writing — so is there a clash between confidence and capability, or awareness that support is key?

Knowing when something is past its sell-by date (like using the word Rockstar — sorry), is serious when using a resume to create that first impression. 68% of respondents confirmed updating their resumes within the last 6 months, with 64% considering changing jobs within the next twelve.

Ninety-one percent of respondents agreed that employers require resumes, and 92% agreed that an updated resume is important for job search. Despite this, only 53% of professionals surveyed claimed familiarity with how recruiters read their resumes, 61% with how hiring managers read their resumes, and 53% with how computer systems read their resumes.

Although 77% of respondents claimed overall confidence in their resumes, only 60% claimed confidence in their ability to write an effective resume unaided. 66% claimed to update their resumes either before starting a job search, or for each job they apply to.

Ladders professionals responded to the following:

“I’ve changed jobs most recently:”

In the past year 38%

In the past four years 34%

In the last decade 18%

More than ten years ago 10%

“I might change jobs in the next:”

30 days 15%

1-3 months 22%

4-6 months 13%

7-12 months 14%

Year or longer 18%

Not looking to change jobs right now 18%

“I last updated my resume within the past:”

Month 40%

Six months 28%

1 year 14%

2 years 10%

4 years   5%

10 years or more   2%

I haven’t updated my resume in a long, long time   1%

“How confident are you of your resume?”

Very confident 23%

Confident 54%

A little bit confident 20%

Not confident   3%

“Every employer requires me to submit a resume for a potential job.”

Strongly agree 66%

Agree 25%

Neutral   7%

Disagree   2%

Strongly disagree   0%

“My resume is above average quality.”

Strongly agree 27%

Agree 45%

Neutral 25%

Disagree   3%

Strongly disagree   0%

“I’m familiar with how computer systems read my resume.”

Strongly agree 18%

Agree 35%

Neutral 29%

Disagree 12%

Strongly disagree   6%

“I’m familiar with how recruiters read my resume.”

Strongly agree 18%

Agree 35%

Neutral 32%

Disagree 12%

Strongly disagree   3%

“I’m familiar with how hiring managers read my resume.”

Strongly agree 22%

Agree 39%

Neutral 27%

Disagree 10%

Strongly disagree   2%

“I’m familiar with best practices in writing a professional summary for a resume.”

Strongly agree 15%

Agree 41%

Neutral 30%

Disagree 11%

Strongly disagree   3%

“I’m familiar with best practices in writing bullet points for my resume.”

Strongly agree 22%

Agree 44%

Neutral 24%

Disagree   9%

Strongly disagree   1%

“I update my resume:”

Before I begin a job search 41%

For each job I apply to 25%

Only when absolutely needed 18%

Annually 16%

“I can write an effective resume for myself.”

Strongly agree 22%

Agree 38%

Neutral 29%

Disagree   8%

Strongly disagree   3%

”An updated resume is important for my job search.”

Strongly agree 60%

Agree 32%

Neutral   6%

Disagree   1%

Strongly disagree   1%

“An updated resume is important for my career even when not job searching.”

Strongly agree 36%

Agree 34%

Neutral 24%

Disagree   3%

Strongly disagree   3%

Methodology:

This research study was conducted October 20th to October 27th, 2019 by Ladders Inc., among the members of the Ladders professional community. 1,233 responses were recorded. Gender distribution was 75% male, 25% female. Average annual compensation of respondents was $148,000.

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