Top 4 Ways to get your Resume Past the Robots

By: Paulina Kostecki
​Do you ever find yourself being let down after applying for jobs because your resume isn’t getting noticed? If your answer is yes, you are not alone. In today’s world it is nearly impossible for HR departments to give a close look to every resume they receive. In fact, most resumes don’t even get looked at by hiring managers because they don’t make it past the “robots” that weed out resumes. Read the tips below to find out how you can guarantee your resume will be looked at and called for an interview.

1.Use Simple Formatting
In order to get your resume past applicant tracking systems, stick to the basics and avoid using logos, pictures, designs, etc. You should also stick to the basic fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial, Garamond, and be sure to use 12 pt. font. 
2.Utilize Keywords
Make sure your resume uses verbs and phrases that are specific to the position you’re applying for. By doing this, applicant tracking systems will put your resume higher up than others. However, it is important to not go overboard and use all keywords because that will not impress the hiring manager.
3.Don’t use the “Objective” Section Header
This section of your resume is pointless. Obviously you are applying for that specific position because you are interested in it and have knowledge in that field. Instead of wasting space with an objective section, try using a qualifications summary with a few bullet-points that highlight your specific skills for the position. This also gives you a chance to use more keywords.
4.Check for Typos
Self-explanatory. Don’t let your resume go unnoticed because of spelling mistakes.  
Well, there you have it! Follow these very simple steps and you will be sure to get your resume past the robots and into the hands of the hiring manager. Don’t let applicant tracking systems hold back your resume! 

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