Get Your Resume Past the ATS

As technology has advanced, so has it’s involvement in the hiring process. Hiring managers no longer have to pick through hundreds of resumes by hand. The applicant tracking system (ATS) has taken care of that.

Many job seekers are unaware exactly how many companies use an ATS to screen resumes before they’re ever read by a human. As the technology becomes cheaper to use, the number of companies will increase every year.

What ATS do with Your Resume?

Applicant Tracking Systems are designed to screen resumes for what are considered the requirements for the position, including education, experience, and other factors, such as security clearance. These systems routinely reject 75 percent of the resumes submitted on average. Most of those resume are rejected because they’re not optimized for an ATS scan.

Tips To Ensure Your Resume Gets Past An ATS

Use a standard resume format so that the ATS can read your resume. Stick to the traditional chronological, functional, or hybrid resume format. Be sure to avoid using headers or footers, as those tend to be cut off.

Avoid Fancy Designs and Images

This is an extremely common mistake because people tend to think only of impressing the hiring manager, the person, at the end of the resume search. Using fancy colors, designs, and fonts are a problem for resumes to get past the ATS, so be sure to impress the hiring manager with your resume content instead of it’s design.

Send the Correct File Format

While some systems are getting more sophisticated, the majority of ATS still require either a Microsoft Word Document or a .pdf format. Avoid sending anything else unless you’re certain that the company’s ATS is able to read it. Be sure to check the job description to see if there’s any instructions as to format.

Spellcheck and Spell Out Your Abbreviations

Besides making sure that the basics like spellcheck aren’t replacing words with what you intend (thank you, autocorrect) but also be sure to spell out any acronyms. While a human understands that R.N. stands for “registered nurse”, you can’t guarantee that the ATS does. Make sure your resume is seen by writing out what each acronym stands for at least once on your resume, even if it’s under the Skills section or in a bullet point list.

Work That Job Title

This tip only applies to those staying in the same field. If possible, included the job title on your resume to match as closely as the position you’re applying for. For example, if you’re experienced in business development and you’re applying for a senior business position, writing “Senior Business Developer” will get you further through the ATS than simply “Business Developer” or “Experienced Business Developer”.

Utilize Your File Name to the Fullest

Before saving your resume, be sure to include your entire name in the file name and the word “resume”. For example, instead of saving your resume as: “Resume.Final.2020“, save it with your name instead: Jane.Doe.Resume.Aerospace.Engineer. Hiring managers receive far too many resumes under the title “resume” and yours can get lost in the shuffle. Include your first and last name, what document it is, and what position you’re applying for. Make sure they find your resume!

Check Before Applying

Before you click ‘send’, you can compare your resume to the job openings you’d like to apply to, and get the feedback you need. This impersonal feedback is coming from a computer, but that’s the system you’re trying to get past. Make sure to compare and contrast and your resume will make it past the 70% removal rate in no time.

Expert Career Advice From Recruiters Who’ve Seen It All

Recruiters are an excellent source of information for candidates and mid-career professionals. That’s because they have literally seen it all. They know what career success looks like, and the path that applicants need to take in order to get from point A to point B. Here are 3 of the very best pieces of career advice from those who know the landscape better than anyone else.

1) Beat the Bot

 The shift to digital talent sourcing has been both a blessing and a burden for companies and candidates alike. If you know how to work the system, you can do so much more when it comes to finding the right job. But first, you need to know how to get past the bots. Automated resume reviewing programs are quick to discard any resumes that don’t use special keywords that identify a candidate as relevant. And as employers are quick to receive hundreds upon hundreds of resumes, all in varying states of relevance for the position they are seeking to fill, you can see why it’s important to have a process in place to weed out those candidates who are not qualified.

That said, because of this automated gate keeping, you need to be sure you are using the right keywords for the job. Use the job description as your guide, and make sure you customize every resume you send to make sure it’s as relevant and readable as possible, even if the reader is a bot.

2) Put a Number to Your Achievements

 Quantified successes are important to position yourself for success in the job search because it helps measure you against other candidates. If you say you made all your sales goals, but fail to define the actual amount, that’s not something that can be measured against. By putting a number to your achievements, be they sales goals, clients earned, budgets managed, etc., you are helping employers to really see how valuable you are to an employer. And this also makes it easier to imagine you succeeding in their new role. So, don’t be afraid to get specific with your accomplishments. It will show employers that you mean businesses and you know how to measure your own success.

 3) Don’t Give Up

 Roles and opportunities come and go. Some times of year, such as in January or at the beginning of the fiscal year, job openings are more plentiful because budgets are available. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to find a new job at other times of year. In fact, those are often the secret opportunities to network and make connections with recruiters and employers before they even know they want to hire someone. That way, once that opportunity does come up, they already have someone in mind for the job—you!

So if you didn’t find the job of your dreams this week, don’t give up. Persistence is rewarded when it comes to job hunting. Just remember to keep learning, try new things, and always market yourself so that when that opportunity does present itself, you’re ready.

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4 Reasons Why Temp Work Can Be a Great Career Choice

Temporary work is not what it used to be. Where once they were looked on as the kind of work that would hold candidates over until their real job came through, now temp work can help distinguish a career. Contracts are sometimes even extended based on project length, business need, and proof of a skilled and committed worker. If you are looking for ways to build out your resume and position yourself for your dream job, here are 4 reasons why temp work might be the right choice for you.


1. Build Your Network

One of the most valuable parts of working on a contract job is the people you meet and the connections you make. Expanding your professional network is difficult when you are not working, but in temporary positions you are more likely to make many new acquaintances and hopefully leave them all with a good impression. Think of it as an opportunity to meet your next employer, even if it’s not with your current company. Your coworkers are also very good resources within your professional network. You never know where your next gig will come from, so take the time to make connections and make a name for yourself within the professional community.  

2. Expand Your Skills

Every new job you take provides the opportunity to learn new things. By taking on a temporary job, it really offers the chance to build new skills in a short amount of time. If you know what type of work you are looking to build a career on, it’s important to do research and figure out if you have the skills and qualifications that will get you there. With temporary work, you can expand your skills set quickly on a wide variety of projects that will each add value to your resume and your work history.

3. Gain Experience Quickly

If you are new to your industry, or professional work in general, a lack of experience can be a challenge when it comes to landing a job. Temp work allows candidates to gain lots of experience very quickly, and as such can help land those future dream jobs. Worth considering as well is that many employers look to hire from their temporary rosters once employees have had a chance to prove their value. After about 3 to 6 months, both employee and employer will have a better idea of whether they are each a good fit for the other.

4. Try Something New

For those professionals looking to make a change in their careers, temp work is an ideal way to test out a new industry or new role with minimal commitment. If you are looking for a change, consider short-term contracts that can give you the opportunity to use your skills in a new way and provide that inside view from a new company or industry that will help you make your move.

 

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