Did you know research* shows the average recruiter spends only 6 seconds looking at your resume. I repeat 6 SECONDS only on average, to determine your fit or suitability for the role they are resourcing. That means that by now they have already considered one resume at least and well onto their second resume if not their third since you started reading this first paragraph. Scary!

Personally we believe the average time spent reviewing a resume is closer to 30 seconds, but still this is not much time to convey your suitability for the role in question. Bear in mind this first review, be it 6 or 30 seconds, is generally to decide who is unlikely to be successful. Once a shorter list of applicants has been identified a more considered review is undertaken which will hopefully in your case lead to a phone call and ideally interview request. Making it to this point is critical. A well written resume with the right layout and formatting will increase your chances dramatically. Think Pareto (80/20 Rule) – you want to be in the 20% still under consideration after the first scan/read of your resume.

Getting frustrated sending your resume/CV to various job advertisements but not getting that all important first phone call?

Are you a suitable candidate with the right experience and background but not getting invited to interview stage?

If your experience and suitability are a good fit for a role, but your resume is not making the right First Impression, perhaps it is time to have it re-formatted by an experienced recruiter. After all, we read resumes all day long so know first-hand what works and what does not. Did you know the average job advertised attracts well over 100 applications / resume submissions? Does your resume stand out and get the reader’s attention in the right way?

Contact the team at Alexander Porter to get your resume looking its best.

Call (03) 9111 0070 or 1300 AP Jobs (1300 27 56 27) or email at candidateservices@alexanderporter.com.au

The Basic Resume Service is aimed at presenting your information in a professional, accurate and visually appealing resume format. This service is designed to create your best first impression based on the information provided in your current format resume. Did you know most recruitment firms use an ATS (Applicant Tracking System) to store and search resumes? There are some fundamental mistakes that many candidates make in their resume that will adversely affect their consideration for not only this currently advertised role applied for, but also for future roles.

Many recruiters and direct employers have come to rely on the ATS to help filter out a select few candidates for consideration with each job opening. Some roles may receive up to 400 resumes for a job opening, but the recruiter or HR employee may only review the top 20 or so as ranked by ATS software. If you resume isn’t properly formatted, your resume may never get identified, and thus may never have human eyes review it and consider you.

See below for an example of where recruiters 6 seconds are spent scanning your resume. The researchers provided the following two resumes, with eye-tracking-based heat maps, to demonstrate the different experience that recruiters had with a more difficult to skim resume (on the left), compared to one that recruiters found easier to skim (on the right). Note, this is based on US examples but the principles are the same for Australia:

Resume Heat MapYes, you can do it yourself. But for the small investment of roughly the cost of 1 less cup of coffee for a month – why take the chance. For every week, fortnight or even month/s you are not being considered for roles you are applying for, this lost income dwarfs the cost of this service by some magnitude.

 Can you afford NOT to create your best First Impression?

 Contact the team at Alexander Porter to get your resume looking its best:

Call (03 9111 0070 or 1300 AP Jobs (1300 27 56 27) or email at candidateservices@alexanderporter.com.au

We do also offer a more extensive resume service if required, as well as LinkedIn Profile optimisation services – contact us to find out more if interested.


As someone who has not had to enter the job market for nearly 20 years, I was out of touch with what an effective resume should look like and how critical this now is. What I found out was there are hundreds of applicants for most roles, so getting a HR Manager or Recruitment Agent to spend more than a few seconds reviewing my resume was the key. Alexander Porter was able to provide great advice and guidance on both the content of my resume and the layout that works.

I was happy but surprised when the very first role I sent my revised resume to requested me for interview. Bruce has a great understanding of the job market and how to best position and present myself for opportunities appropriate to my seniority. I am sure his advice and reformatting of my resume was the key to my recent success in obtaining my new role. Thanks.

PS I will be back soon to have my LinkedIn profile optimised by them too.

Michael W.
Sales and Operations Manager


I was lucky to meet Bruce Miller from Alexander Porter who helped to guide and update me on the content and structural layout of my resume. His professional expertise in his area combined with great knowledge helped me on reworking and building a Professional Resume to support future applications in the tough job market. His guidance and support helped me in securing interviews calls.

Chad Nadri
Service Delivery Manager


* http://cdn.theladders.net/static/images/basicSite/pdfs/TheLadders-EyeTracking-StudyC2.pdf