- Research shows that on average, users grab their smart phones over 1,500 times a week for various tasks from emails to playing games and posting to social media.
- Windows 10 – rolled out to rave reviews and installed on 67 million PCs as of the date of this blog – has been found to "spy" on almost everything you do by default unless you change the settings.
- Apple and Google are quietly going to war over developing and getting you into a self-driving car.
- And an ever growing number of companies are using resume "robots" - formally known as “Applicant Tracking Systems” or "ATS" - to evaluate your resume before it ever reaches a human being.
A time-saving model of computerized efficiency, ATS software strips your resume to plain text (how depressing after you did all that nice formatting work) and "ranks" it based on its "relevancy" to the company's description of the job you are applying for.
The theory is that an ATS frees up its human users – recruiters, HR staff and hiring managers – to focus on the most "qualified" (read: "highest ranking") resumes.
The reality is that in deciding who is sufficiently “qualified”, these ATS "robots" reject some 75% of all resumes submitted.
So how do you get your resume past the ATS resume "robots" and in front of the human being who will call you for an interview? This question resonates with anyone who has ever felt the frustration of applying for multiple jobs they felt they were “perfect” for, but never getting called for an interview. Ditto for those who know they have the skills for their desired job but feel they can prove it better in person than they can on paper.
The short answer to getting past ATS “robots”: your resume should use plain text formatting and relevant keywords...much the same way that a good website uses relevant keywords to get a high ranking when you search for it on Google. Details are readily available online (assuming you have the time to find and digest it all...and can tell the good advice from the bad). But frankly, such details are not the intended focus of this post.
This post is about looking at the big picture: even if you researched all the best practices for getting past an ATS, an effective resume still comes down to effective writing: what your resume says and how it says it.
Are you hunting for a job as a resume writer? If yes, no worries…then you got this. But if you are part of the other 99.999% of job hunters, you need a resume that won’t get rejected by a machine. And once you succeed in getting past an ATS, your resume still needs to be strong and meaningful enough to convince the human reader to call you for an interview.
Bottom line: writing resumes that survive today's ATS “robots” requires human knowledge and skill (not templates, on line searches or software). Cover your bases with professional writing services that not only get your resume past the resume "robots" but have the hiring experience which can prompt a human reader to call you for that job interview. Click here and let us help you…and thank you in advance for sharing this post with friends.
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