More companies are using resume screening software, in response to the higher number of resumes submitted. The first strategy in getting your resume read–by a human–is understanding how these programs work.
This infographic from resume web app Resunate illustrates the basic process:
Your resume is run through a parser, which removes the styling from the resume and breaks the text down into recognized words or phrases.
The parser then sorts that content into different categories: Education, contact info, skills, and work experience.
The employer’s desired skills or keywords are matched against the results from above.
Your resume is scored on relevancy—using semantic matching against the employer’s search terms and your years of experience.
So, clearly, it’s vital to include relevant text in your resume—but not to indiscriminately load up your resume with words from the job description. The best results come from a SEO type strategy (more on that later). (Besides, many job applicants try to be clever, and will be using the same keywords in their resumes.)
Eight Questions to Make Sure You’re on Track for Career Success
Great careers are like gardens; they are cultivated and carefully tended. Like a garden, success takes work! And like a garden, the best careers can bear some wonderful fruit.
The process of tending to the garden of your career should have (in no small part) an awareness of where you are and where you are going. You have probably heard the saying “you don’t know where you are going unless you know where you have been.” It may sound trite, but when it comes to your career, it is the absolute truth! Continue reading “Is Your Career in Danger? Take the Test!”→