Art Markman, PhD, professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin, gives his thoughts on what recruiters are thinking while reading your resume. Don’t have a legal recruiter? Check out our legal recruiter directory.
“You might think every recruiter is different. That’s why you tailor your cover letter and resume to each job you apply for, hoping to show each prospective employer what they want to see. But to a certain extent, every recruiter or hiring manager who reads your resume thinks the same way. Human beings only have so many ways to make choices—that’s just the way our brains are built. And once you’ve gotten your job application past the “robots” and in front of a real live person, that person’s psychological process for deciding whether to interview (and later, to hire) you is going to look a lot like the next’s. It takes place in stages, with recruiters’ decision-making strategies shifting slightly at each stage. Here’s what you need to know to get through each one.”
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