Hi! I’m Kelly, a certified writer for 20+ years. I promote career readiness through the development of impactful résumés and education –and in today’s world of résumés and job searching, I can’t stress enough how important the education piece can be!
If it’s been more than 5 years since you’ve needed a résumé, you might be surprised to know how much has changed. What used to be the standard in résumé writing is now obsolete and could actually cost you interviews. Consider today’s recruiter’s demographic. They’re not the same recruiters that were around reading resumes in 1980. Not by a long shot. So why would we present a résumé that hasn’t evolved to suit today’s job market?
Your résumé should be written with two things in mind: Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) and succinctness of information in an easy-to-read presentation.
Most organizations use applicant tracking systems to weed out unqualified applicants. It’s an algorithm that scans your resume for contextual keywords and phrases, mathematically scoring them for relevance and sending only the most qualified ones through for human review.
Nearly 75% of resumes are rejected because they’re not correctly formatted or keyword optimized. To ensure your resume makes it past the ATS and into the hands of a human, we want to keep your formatting simple and include the right keywords.
Don’t make the mistake of assuming anything is implied on your résumé when chances are very good that an applicant tracking system will be used to filter it before human eyes ever see it. This algorithim does not know that the phrase “store director” = 10 other skills. It only knows the phrase “store director” equals exactly that string of letters and nothing more.
The other thing an ATS sometimes does is prefill your information into application fields that you may or may not have the opportunity to correct or change before you hit the submit button. The formula for these online forms usually follows an industry standard set of section headings that it will look for on your document. Position Title, Employment History, Dates (month and year are often all it wants), Education, and Skills.
Once your document makes it through the ATS filter and a human recruiter or hiring manager is looking at it, your resume needs to show them how YOU are the best candidate to fill their needs, and it needs to do that in just a 10-second glance. A résumé is not the place to tell one’s life story or provide a laundry list of responsibilities for every job in the professional history. The focus should be on accomplishments and your provable ability to solve the problems the company needs you to solve.
And that’s where the writer comes in.
You need someone on your side to help navigate through these competitive waters. Let’s talk about how I can help you!