Almost Half of Resumes Have Readability Issues, Study Finds


The Research Study: How Does Your Résumé Compare? Competitive Career Intelligence for 6-Figure Canadians* found that 49 percent of the résumés assessed had significant issues hampering readability. ResearchStudy.png WHAT EMPLOYERS WANT: Employers have very little time to read résumés. They may become impatient and frustrated with résumés that are not concise and direct, and may not even make the effort to read them completely. WHAT TO DO: Candidates who create a résumé that is a “good and easy read” tend to produce better results in their search. readability.jpg

*Graham Management Group (GMG), a Canadian firm specializing in career-transition solutions for executives, managers, and six-figure professionals, examined and analyzed 1,000 résumés submitted in 2009 to the group by senior-level Canadians. GMG performed the analysis by methodically applying validated strategic résumé principles and theories in a structured manner across all documents. We’re excerpting some results of this analysis over the next several weeks.