DON'T let your resume fall through the cracks!!

Use these tips to get your resume in the hands of a hiring manager or recruiter and past the tracking system! Many large organizations rely on what’s called applicant tracking systems (or ATS) to help pre-filter resumes. They simply have too many resumes to sort through and the ATS helps them speed up this process. However, MANY resumes fall through the cracks and are never even seen. Don't let yours be one of them!

1. Keep Formatting Simple Applicant tracking systems require simplicity. Make sure to delete any extra touches you’ve added to your resume such as logos, pictures, symbols, and shadings. Also, stick to standard resume formatting in a normal font like Arial, Courier, or Times New Roman. The ATS can’t read fancy fonts and will reject your resume out of confusion. Make sure to only include the usual sections of a resume: Qualifications, Professional Experience, Education, Skills, and the like. Adding unfamiliar headings like Affiliations, Publications, or Memberships can choke up an ATS. Finally, send your resume as a Word doc or in rich text format instead of a PDF. Though ATS software is becoming better at reading PDFs, it can still miss important things when trying to process them.

2. Nail the Correct Keywords ATS will be looking for key phrases and contextual information related to those qualifications. Include verb phrases and skills written in the job description on your resume. These are very likely to be the same keywords and phrases the hiring manager has programmed the ATS to pick up—“project manager,” or “social media marketing,” for example. Use both the acronym and the spelled-out form of any given title, certification, or organization, so you’re set regardless of which format the ATS is looking for. For example: Certified Public Accountant (CPA). An important thing is NOT to go overboard! In the past, people thought that they could exploit the system by overstuffing their resumes with keywords, thus ranking them higher in the eyes of the ATS. This is a very bad idea because the software is sophisticated enough to see this kind of keyword stuffing, but also if your resume does make it into human hands, no one will be impressed by a resume overly saturated in keywords. Aim for repeating important skill related keywords two or three times (and no more).

3. Remove the Career Objective Section Career objective sections are a bit of a space waster. Stating, “I am a hardworking person who wants to work in (blank) industry” can seem a bit obvious. Remember it’s not about how you want to apply your skills, it’s about how the company needs you to apply them. Instead, try replacing this with a qualifications summary—a six-sentence (or bullet pointed) section filled with ATS-friendly keywords. Even better, use those six sentences to concisely present the crème of the crop of your achievements, major skills, and important experiences.

4. Use Spell-check Spelling mistakes are bad, bad, BAD on your resume!! An ATS will disregard you immediately because it will simply have no idea what you’re talking about if something is misspelled. So double, triple, and quadruple check your resume before sending it in. Have someone else do the same and look over your resume carefully. Spelling mistakes can easily be avoided if you’re careful.

Good luck!!

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Ford Simpson
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As always you have hit the nail right on the head{your probably great at construction too}. Is there anything left for us to do!

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James Gilmore
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I really appreciate your knowledge. I have sent outdo many resume without anyone commenting not to mention a interview. Much of what you stated I have done but my font is not one of the three. Thank you

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Kirby Snell
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I. Retired

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Teri Patton
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I understand updates are important to stay current. My husband died 5 days before Christmas in 2015. I work through 2016 and needed to move out of our home. In 2017 I Took a year off to move and learn how to do a buget which I have never done before. In 2018 I have unpacked boxes and starting a new business on my own. Just need to work part time to get everything going. Job before was Family to me but no breaks and was effecting my health.

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Chris Mrosko
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I am still working for the company but business is slow as well as work.

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Vipin Sahgal
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Medical reasons

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Becky Eckert
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I left my favorite job, because my boss passed away. My mom and dad got sick and ask me to come home and take care of them. I ask for time off. I had been there ten years, had supervised remodeling of 111 and 42 apartments. I lived on the property, and kept it 100 percent full. The oldest girl e mailed the other children and told them I resigned. I e mailed her back and said I ask for time off to do as my father ask. She said well it's already done. At that point I was worried about my parents. I went home and took care of them until they passed away. I did not get paid for this either. It was because I love them. Everyone said they treated me wrong. My boss did not leave any rules for them. Because for ten years no one complained.

Sincerely,

Becky Eckert

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Derrial Agee
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Thanks this was helpful. I used Times Roman font pitch 10 or 11

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Mehret Bekele
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Thanks

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Mehret Bekele
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Dear I am very need jobs I'me life Chang .

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