Fifteen seconds: That’s approximately how long an employer looks at a CV. Recruiters and employers know what they want; they skim even the best resumes. They are on the lookout for applicants who meet their requirements; sometimes they’ll take a chance on a long shot whose pitch catches their eye.
Explore this issue:October 2012
So what happens when a resume stands out for the wrong reasons? Work histories aren’t always perfect, and recruiters and prospective employers will notice any blemishes. “The thing about red flags is they’re just an indicator that the applicant is an outlier,” said Kim Bell, MD, FACP, SFHM, regional medical director of the Pacific West Region for EmCare, a Dallas-based company that provides outsourced physician services. “It doesn’t necessarily rule them out.”
Know the Signs and Preempt Suspicion
For otolaryngologists, resume imperfections that attract attention include: