After 8 years of teaching graduate portfolio classes for BFA programs in both web and graphic design I have shared many tips and tricks with my students in order to prepare them for the next step in their development, getting employed. Most of the concepts are common sense, however common sense is the least common of the senses. So when I recently came across an info-graphic on the subject I just had to share with you some market research on why your resume was rejected.
Before you get absorbed in the percent of rejection based on a variety of traits that many have used successfully when snagging an awesome job remember that this research is not industry specific. Many of the reasons as to why your resume was rejected in this info-graphic may not apply to the industry or individual agency you are applying to. There is a time to suit up and a time to be more personal and it is up to you to tune your resume to the individuals that will be judging you. What I find most interesting here as a reason as to why your resume was rejected is based on the inclusion of a photo on a resume. Here in the United States of America it is just not the way we are used to seeing resumes, yet in other countries it is the norm. Conversely it appears fro the market research here that the majority of employers will find you on Facebook where they will most definitely come across a photo. Facebook has become an extension of the portfolio as has LinkedIn. There is a time and a place for everything. My advice as to why your resume was rejected is that it was not easy to size up in the 5-7 seconds that is the average time spent looking at a resume.