You have a resume, and you’ve probably spent hours pouring over it trying to find ways to appeal to potential employers for your dream job.
Or just any job.
Whatever the reason, resumes are important!
A well-written resume is as important to landing a job as a well-written dating profile is to landing your perfect match.
But if you’re like the majority of people, your resume probably could use some improvement.
When I worked in the corporate world, I frequently helped my boss look at resumes and interview candidates for open positions on our team. Let me tell you – 85% of the resumes I looked at were horribly written and/or didn’t match the job we posted.
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A Common Resume Mistake
One of the most common resume mistakes that I notice time and time is again is when candidates don’t tailor their resume to the job they’re applying for.
If you’re not strategically placing keywords from your target job description into your resume, you’re missing out on a prime opportunity to stand out in front of the crowd.
Why It’s Important
Including keywords and skills in your resume that match the job description not only shows that you’re likely a good match for the position, but it’s also more likely to be picked up by Applicant Track Software (ATS).
Speaking of Applicant Tracking Software, did you know that approximately 90% of large companies use software to scan resumes and identify qualified candidates?
Guess how they determine if you’re qualified?
Yep, by searching for keywords and other similarities.
These Easy Changes Will Help Land Interviews
Early last year I came across a site called Jobscan that I used during my job search (before I became a corporate dropout). Using this tool helped me get more job interviews than when I wasn’t using it, which is why I highly recommend Jobscan for anyone who is looking for a new job.
In their own words, Jobscan is a tool that gives job seekers an instant analysis of how well their resume is tailored for a particular job, along with how it can be even better optimized for an applicant tracking system.
Gone are the days of spending 30 minutes tweaking your resume for every individual job you want to apply to. Instead, you can use Jobscan to do a quick and thorough analysis of your resume with a specific job description to show you exactly what needs to be changed to get their past applicant tracking system.
How It Works
1. Upload/paste your resume and a copy of the text from the job description. Scan.
2. Next, you’ll get your Results and Findings page where it gives you a percentage which indicates how much your resume is aligned with the job description. Your match rate percentage should be at least 80% to increase your chances of getting called in for an interview.
You’ll also receive in-depth feedback that will show you what to prioritize and what changes you should make to get past resume screening software, which is your ultimate goal.
3. You should continue to tweak your resume based on the personalized tips provided by Jobscan until you break the 80% threshold.
More Features That Will Help You Get an Interview
Jobscan does more than just scan your resume and give you a match percentage. Check out some of these additional built-in features that will help you curate the perfect resume.
- Negative Keyword and Words to Avoid.
This nifty feature helps you get rid of those empty words and over-used cliches on your resume. One example of a common negative keyword is “team player”. Technically this is an important skill, but it’s used in too many resumes and isn’t quantifiable.
- Applicant Tracking System Matches
This feature matches the ATS system to the company you’re applying to. You’ll benefit because it gives you more accurate reporting on what resume screener is looking for in order to get your resume pass the initial sniff test. This will help to increase your chances of being called in for an interview.
- Skills and Keywords Comparison
Jobscan compares the skills and keywords listed in the job description to what’s in your resume. If the job description has a particular keyword or skill mentioned numerous times, it’s considered to be an important item that should also be listed in your resume several times. This will be reflected in your match percentage.According to the Jobscan website, Jobscan weighs hard skills much more heavily than soft skills and one-word keywords. You’ll get the best results from spending the majority of your effort on working hard skills into your resume.
- Cover letter Scan
The cover letter scan feature, available to Jobscan Premium Members only, scans your cover letter against the job posting, like the resume scanner does with your resume. The qualifications used in the cover letter scanner are different than those used in the resume scanner, and include soft skills, hard skills and word count. Your cover letter scan can improve your overall match rate by up to 10%.
Ready to Get Your Resume Noticed?
Sign up for a free account, and you’ll get 5 free scans per months. (This means that you’ll be able to compare your resume to 5 separate job descriptions.)
Or, if you’re really hitting the job search hard, you can sign up for a free premium account for 30 days and get:
- unlimited scans
- unlimited skill and keyword comparisons
- cover letter optimization
- premium cover letter templates
- and much more
I signed up for a premium account during my job search and it’s definitely the way to go if your goal is to find a new job.
Good luck and happy searching!
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