12 Ways to Optimize Your Resume for Applicant Tracking Systems


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Mona Abdel-Halim is the co-founder of Resunate.com, a job application tool that tailors and optimizes your resume for a specific job. You can find Mona and Resunate on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

You filled out the job application, updated your resume and clicked “Submit.” But as the days or weeks pass, you never receive a phone call or email from the employer. What happened?

Unbeknownst to many job seekers, a whopping 72% of resumes are never seen by human eyes. Why? Well, employers large and small now use applicant tracking software to parse the information from your resume and map it into a database called an ATS (applicant tracking system). From this information, the system will assign you a score based on how well you match the job the employer is trying to fill, and then rank and sort all candidates. Naturally, the potential employees with the highest scores move on, while others are left in the dust.

Wondering how you can optimize your resume and rank highly in the employer’s ATS? Here are several tricks to improving your resume’s score.

1. Use Language from the Job Description: Look through the job listing to determine the skills required. Identify industry terms, buzzwords and jargon the hiring manager uses most frequently in the description and incorporate these words into your resume when possible and applicable — the ATS is looking for these keywords… Leer más “12 Ways to Optimize Your Resume for Applicant Tracking Systems”

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Advice for People New to LinkedIn


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“If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile already, do it today. Everybody should have a LinkedIn profile,” Jordan Tommy Jordan, Vice President of Resume Bear.

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At first LinkedIn can seem overwhelming to new users so here are some tips:

Use Some Shortcuts.

You can upload your resume in order to fill in your profile.

Import connections from your email or type in email addresses to find people. Use the people you may know tab to find connections.

Get Creative With Your LinkedIn Headline.

“Although listing past experience and education is extremely important, your headline is the most important section of your LinkedIn profile. Your headline is the first thing people will see when you pop up in search results, and a lot of people just leave theirs as the default (your current or last position title),” Heather R. Huhman, Founder & President of Come Recommended said.

LinkedIn Headline

Huhman’s headline is a great example. Instead of “Founder and president of Come Recommended.” It says, “Gen Y Career Expert | Content Marketing & Digital PR | Prolific Writer.” It gives people a taste of her personal brand.

Network. Network. Network.

Networking on LinkedIn and IRL are essential to being successful in the business world. Networking is all about mutually beneficial relationships.

“For example, if you want a recommendation from the president of an on-campus group you worked with, write a recommendation for him or her first! It’s a great way to build good karma and get others to return the favor.” Huhman said. Leer más “Advice for People New to LinkedIn”

50+ Job Skills You Should List on Your Resume


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There are lots of reasons it might be hard to cobble together a decent resume. Maybe you’ve been unemployed for a long time, maybe you’re trying to switch careers or maybe you’re a mom who’s been home raising kids for a few years.

Whatever your situation, there’s good news. Resumes are changing. Your skills are just as valuable as your formal employment and can help sell yourresume to a potential employer.

Ford R. Myers, career coach, speaker and author of the book “Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring” (John Wiley & Sons, 2009) encourages job seekers to draw on a variety of past experiences, in both paid and non-paid positions, when applying for new employment.

“These transferable skills, acquired during any activity – volunteer positions, classes, projects, parenting, hobbies, sports – can be applicable to one’s next job,” Myers said.  “By adding transferable skills to a resume, employers get a better understanding and broader picture of who they are hiring – as well as the interests, values and experiences that the candidate brings to the table.”

Myers divided transferrable skills into five broad skill areas and gives examples of how you can describe each: Leer más “50+ Job Skills You Should List on Your Resume”

How to Build a Killer Online Resume for Free

One of the emerging ways to put together a great resume is to use an online resume generator. Not only do you save time, but your productivity increases. This allows you to spend more time searching for work and less time putting together a resume that is attractive. Some of these services do charge a nominal fee, others are available to use free of charge. While it’s a good idea to keep your resume updated in terms of skills and experience, it’s also not a bad idea to freshen it up every once in a while. Below we’ve listed 6 services that allows you to build a killer online resume that gets you noticed – without you having to dip into your pocketbook.


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How to Build a Killer Online Resume for Free

One of the emerging ways to put together a great resume is to use an online resume generator. Not only do you save time, but your productivity increases. This allows you to spend more time searching for work and less time putting together a resume that is attractive. Some of these services do charge a nominal fee, others are available to use free of charge. While it’s a good idea to keep your resume updated in terms of skills and experience, it’s also not a bad idea to freshen it up every once in a while. Below we’ve listed 6 services that allows you to build a killer online resume that gets you noticed – without you having to dip into your pocketbook.

CeeVee

CeeVee allows you to use a customizable and interchangeable theme for your resume (or résumé, as they call it) and then post it online to the public.  You can then save it as a PDF to use offline, or share it via Facebook and Twitter as well.  As with any service, you need to sign up to use it – but it conveniently allows you to login using your Facebook account to speed up the process – if you’re one of those who are comfortable with using that option. Leer más “How to Build a Killer Online Resume for Free”

25+ Worth Watching Resume [CV] Designs

A resume (CV) can either make or break your application as a potential employee. This flimsy one-page document is more important than many people think: the resume is the first portfolio piece that potential employers see, and if they’re not impressed, chances are they won’t look at the rest of your portfolio. The first thing to do in making your CV is, to do a little research on latest trends and go through different well designed and creative Resumes/CV’s of the people who you adore. When you go through 20 – 30 different designs what your mind does is, it starts blending all those ideas / colors into something that you can do to refresh your current CV.Here i have gathered some very stylish examples of resume designs by some creative people for inspiration. I hope you do like them.


A resume (CV) can either make or break your application as a potential employee. This flimsy one-page document is more important than many people think: the resume is the first portfolio piece that potential employers see, and if they’re not impressed, chances are they won’t look at the rest of your portfolio. The first thing to do in making your CV is, to do a little research on latest trends and go through different well designed and creative Resumes/CV’s of the people who you adore. When you go through 20 – 30 different designs what your mind does is, it starts blending all those ideas / colors into something that you can do to refresh your current CV.Here i have gathered some very stylish examples of resume designs by  some creative people for inspiration. I hope you do like them.

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Looking for a job? Don’t send out CVs before you read this!


So you’ve got the education that you needed, the knowledge that you wanted, and the position that you are interested in. Time to send out your well-structured and perfect written cover letters and CVs. Wait, have you Googled yourself yet? Leer más “Looking for a job? Don’t send out CVs before you read this!”

The smarter way to create and share your resumé


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See how fast & easy it is to build your résumé with CeeVee

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