Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Resume: Customize


"I am a very hard worker with a great willingness to learn." This is a circular file headline for your resume. It may be true; you may even be among the top 1% of applicants in the pool. 

But if you don't customize your resume for the position, you're toast.

It's not as hard as you might think Here's a great article that shows you how to make sure your resume gets past the ATS (computer-generated "thumbs-up/thumbs-down" sorting process--the dreaded applicant tracking system). 
  • Scan the ad or posting copy for keywords. Include those in your resume. Where relevant, match those keywords to something you've actually done. 
  • Quantify--give numbers, percentages; write something more than "I was really, really successful."
  • Follow directions. If the job posting tells you to draw a blue star in the top right page of your resume--then draw a blue star in the top right page of your resume! 

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