Resume Reading Auto-Pilot

Have you ever been reading a book and suddenly realized that although your eyes have been moving the whole time, you haven’t really read any of the last two pages?  Somehow your brain went on reading “automatic pilot.”  If you care about what you’re reading, you’ll usually go back and re-read the section.

I’ve been told that if a human being is reviewing your resume, the same thing happens — they tend to only read the material in the first and last thirds of the resume.  The rest of the resume is viewed on automatic pilot – with little or no comprehension.

They act as if they’ve read the whole resume, though.  And then they move on to the next one.

Clearly this is not a great scenario for the hopeful job seeker.

(This is an excerpt from my new book “Fire Your Resume…and Ignite Your Career!”  I’m accepting pre-orders right now. Due to be published in early October.  You can order here:


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