That's the amount of time that it takes for most recruiters to scan your resume, according to research from TheLadders.com.
As a former recruiter, I know that this research finding is true.
Typically, when reading new resumes, I would skip the objective; scan the summary of qualifications, and look for the employment dates to see if the candidate matched the open position's requirements.
But after I completed the first pass, I was ruthless in my quest to find any sign that the candidate was not detailed-oriented or appropriate for this position.
To make this decision quickly, I used the only thing available to me to help make my decision to call you in for an interview: the written word.
So if your grammar was lacking, or if common words were misspelled, I placed your résumé in the “No Call” pile and never looked at it again.
Because a well-written resume positions you as a knowledgeable, competent and capable employee and more than 75 percent of high-school graduates are not proficient writers, you might need help with your grammar and spelling.
That's what Grammarly can do for you.
By using Grammarly‘s online software, you can find mistakes in your résumé and move from the “no interview pile” into the “yes interview pile” quickly!
What is Grammarly?
Grammarly quickly proofreads your content; improves your word choice and corrects more than 250 types of grammar and spelling errors. The software is used by over 3,000,000 users and can spare you the cost of hiring a résumé writer or proofreader.
In comparison to online spellcheckers such as SpellCheckPlus, PaperRater and PolishMyWriting, Grammarly offers accurate and thorough content checking tools and detailed explanations of common grammar rules.
You can use the software app to check the content for all types of writing projects including reports, business documents, book reviews, dissertations, research papers, blogging and online news posts.
Grammarly's online spell checker finds all types of spelling errors including capitalization mistakes, errors in subject/verb agreement and the improper use of articles, negatives, prepositions, adverbs, adjectives and modifiers.
For Microsoft Word users, the Grammarly® Plug-in for Microsoft® Office Software adds grammar and spell check to your Word and Outlook programs.
How to use Grammarly to Check Your Resume
1. Go to www.grammarly.com and create your account.
2. Write and save your résumé in the Microsoft Word .doc and .docx formats, or in the HTML or Rich Text Format (.rtf).
Log into the web-based Grammarly app and press the upload button.
3. Grammarly will then start reviewing your résumé. The software will check and proof the document very quickly, usually in less than 10 seconds.
4. The software will point out any spelling or grammar errors within the document and on the left side of the text. Once you've made the changes, you will receive a score — that is between 1 and 100 — at the bottom right hand corner of the screen.
5. Now you can download the completed resume to your computer!
Grammarly is subscription-based and costs $29.95 per month, $59.95 for quarterly use and $139.95 for a yearly subscription. If can't afford one of their subscription plans, Grammarly has a free 7-day trial. Or you can visit their website to install the free Grammarly lite extension for your Chrome browser.
Check out the video below to see Grammarly in action!