I Sent You My Resume; Why Haven’t You Called?

By Martin Buckland | Small Business

I Sent You My Resume; Why Havent You Called? image Fotolia Person with a Phone 300x200I Sent You My Resume; Why Havent You Called?

Technology has drastically changed the selection process. Back in 2000, only 22% of resumes were received via email or posted on the web. In 2014, over 90% of resumes are now posted online or submitted via email. The online resumes are then screened by a computer application called Applicant Tracking Software. The purpose of the software is to scan resumes and quickly eliminate unqualified candidates, presenting to the HR decision maker a more manageable quantity of potentially qualified applicants. Even popular job boards like Monster and CareerBuilder utilize ATS technology.

In fact, Applicant Tracking Software eliminates approximately 75% of candidates.

Will your resume pass the online screening test or have you just landed in the recycle bin?

Judge your resume against the following tips to determine if your resume is computer friendly:

Use keywords in your resume. ATS is keyword based. Review the job description, the company website, company LinkedIn Page, industry associations, or conduct a Google search to determine the keywords pertinent to your career field. Better yet, download my FREE An Elite Guide To Resume Keywords.

Avoid headers & footers. While some ATS software is more advanced than others and can read information contained in headers and footers, other versions cannot. Be safe, avoid putting any content in a header or footer; instead, put your contact information at the top of page 1 of your resume.

Do not underline, use shading or insert graphics. Similarly, content that is attached to any of these features can be overlooked during the scanning process.

Use web-friendly fonts. More and more resumes are now being read online so it is best to use a font easily recognizable on mobile devices. Good choices include: Arial, Tahoma, Verdana, and Calibri.

Exclude abbreviations. Twitter’s character restrictions have forced us to start writing in short forms and acronyms but ATS software will not understand this jargon. Use the full proper spelling of words and phrases to boost the chances your resume will be read and accepted by the computer scan.

Use symbols found on your keyboard. Use asterisks, dashes, hash tags and other keyboard symbols to add visual creativity; avoid downloading and inserting more sophisticated or unusual symbols.

Incorporate common section headings. Examples include: Professional Experience, Employment Experience, Employment History, Education, Education & Training, Certifications, Technology Profile, Technical Expertise, Technical Skills, Community Involvement, and Languages.

In summary, you need to first make “friends” with the robot reading your resume to boost your chances of your resume being read – and ultimately contacted – by a human being, the HR decision maker. Maybe now you know why you haven’t been called.

This article was syndicated from Business 2 Community: I Sent You My Resume; Why Haven’t You Called?

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