Three Ideas to Optimize Your Resume

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With many companies leaning towards adopting remote work, traditional face-to-face job applications are becoming less popular and are steadily being replaced by online applications. To effectively manage this modern adoption, companies have begun using application tracking systems (ATS) to help in sorting and selecting the best resumes.

These systems are often customized to fit a particular company location or industry. For instance, the ATS designed for use in Canada manages applications, simplifies recruitment, and identifies qualifications for companies seeking recruits within the country. For applicants to beat this system, resume optimization is required.

Tips to Help You Improve Your Resume

Most people still confuse the terms “resume” and “CV” (curriculum vitae) and use them interchangeably. This confusion often leads to excessively long resumes, which defeat the purpose of briefly and strongly identifying skills, qualifications, objectives, and experience. Applicants first need to understand this difference before structuring their resumes.

A resume is a short (1 page or 11/2 page) summary of your objectives, skills, experience, and qualifications. A CV, however, is a longer document that includes a complete history of your academic life and work. Optimizing your resume involves three major factors, which will be discussed in this article.

Keywords

An ATS is designed to store resumes that have keywords that exist in its system. If an applicant’s resume does not have the required keywords, it gets automatically canceled. Applicants can identify keywords from the company’s job description. For instance, a company looking for a professional technical or content writer would include words such as SEO skills, NFTs, and Web3 in its job description.

Highlighting these specific keywords and including them in your resume is a great way to optimize your resume. It is important to note that keywords are specific to job titles and requirements; therefore, they differ for each job.

Achievements

When writing a resume, most applicants make the mistake of not quantifying their achievements. Quantification is a tip that adds depth to your experience and achievement. For instance, when applying for a content writing position, instead of saying “I created various articles that improved user engagement”, you could say “I created various SEO-targeted articles which led to improving user engagement on the site by 60%”.

Skills

As much as your technical skills and use of tools are important, companies are now more than ever in search of individuals with soft skills. As a result, when writing your resume, balance the number of technical skills you have with the number of soft skills you have.

Landing the Dream Job

One of the very first steps every job seeker takes to get their dream job is by submitting a resume. A resume plays a very important role in getting you noticed by hiring managers. Since hiring managers often have to deal with selecting the best candidates from a large volume of resumes, the structure and content of your resume need to be optimized if you want to stand out. The above tips will help you beat application tracking systems and land your dream job.


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