WELCOME TO THE AGE OF THE RESUME SEARCH ENGINE
Years ago, when resumes were still sent to employers by mail, job seekers hoped things like a high-quality paper and unique formatting would catch the eye of an employer. These days, things are a little different.
First of all, it's rare that employers even accept paper resumes anymore. The snail mail method of sending in a resume is obsolete. Second, and more importantly, job seekers need to do more than just catch the employer's eye. They need to get noticed by Applicant Tracking Systems (essentially a resume search engine). Applicant Tracking Systems are now commonly used by employers to pre-screen resumes and separate the qualified candidates from unqualified ones.
This digitized version of candidate screening brings with it a whole new set of resume rules. It's no longer the HR Manager who is scouring resumes looking for intriguing phrases on luxurious linen paper. Now resumes are downloaded into a database and digitally searched for specific keywords that match candidates to jobs
THE IMPORTANCE OF KEYWORDS
You might have the right qualifications, skills and experience for the job. But if your resume doesn't contain the keywords that the employer is looking for then it will be overlooked.
USING THE RIGHT KEYWORDS
Companies both large and small are using keyword-search software in their hiring processes these days. While it's still important that your resume catches the human eye, it's equally important that it get's noticed by Applicant Tracking Systems.
The key is making sure that you use the right keywords that match you to the job.
USE A PROFESSIONAL RESUME WRITER TO GET A RESUME THAT WORKS
Most people will ask a friend or family member to review their resume for them. But be careful of this because they might:
- Be busy or distracted by other tasks,
- Not pick up on all the mistakes and,
- Not know the latest and best resume formats and conventions.
Besides being vastly more experienced and able to provide advice from having seen many resumes, a Professional Resume Writer:
- Will give you an external point of view,
- Is discreet and will pay your resume the care and attention needed to find mistakes,
- Isn't busy or distracted with other tasks and will give you prompt service,
- Has the necessary skills and experience to write a resume that gets you interviews,
- Knows the best resume format to get past Applicant Tracking Systems and knows how to maximize keywords to match you to the job you want.
MAKE SURE YOUR RESUME CONTAINS THE RIGHT KEYWORDS AND GETS NOTICED BY APPLICANT TRACKING SYSTEMS
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