Are you tired of never hearing back from the jobs you’re applying for? Well, stick around, and I will tell you some secrets. Yeah, that’s great.
Today, I will teach you how to tailor your resume for a specific job ad. It’s important to remember not to create only one resume, and then, you apply for all of the jobs available. It would be best to tailor your resume to each specific job because every company has different expectations. Even if the title is the same, some things inside the job ad will change from company to company. I made a cool presentation for you, so let’s dive in. So, first thing first:
ATS, which comes from Applicant Tracking System.
You may wonder: What is an ATS?
An ATS is a software that scans every job application that comes in for a job. The job requirements and profile will decide whether a recruiter should see a resume or not. 98% of Fortune 500 Companies use an ATS system. And ATS rejects on average 75% of job applications. So, if you want to be in the top 25%, keep on reading. Even if you get past this obstacle, the recruiter will only give your resume a glimpse.
The recruiters, on average, will spend around six to seven seconds to decide if your resume goes to the yes pile or no pile. Mine went to a lot of no piles.Yeah, but then you ended up here. Yes.
So, you may wonder: How do you get past this ATS?
The answer is: Keywords. So, why are these keywords important? Well, because the ATS scans your application for specific keywords that the recruiter plugged in. Let’s say you’re an architect, and you included the following keywords in your resume: Construction Drawings, Qualified, Senior Architect, Detail-oriented, 3D Models, Research, and Analysis.
Now, the recruiter included the following keywords in the ATS system that he’s looking for: Senior Architect, checked, Construction Drawings, checked, 3D Models, checked Computer-aided Design or (CAD), not checked, and 10 years of experience, not mentioned. Now, even if your actual experience is that you have those skills, and you have more than ten years of work experience, even if you think that some skills are so general for that position that you should not include them because everyone has them, your resume will be discarded by the ATS if you don’t include it, because the ATS or the recruiter cannot read your mind. Let’s look at a job ad example.
How do you bridge this job ad to your resume?
Well, in this case, you need to become a detective. You need to look in a specific job ad and look for certain words. For example, if you see that a certain amount of years of experience is needed, you take that and you put that in your Summary. If you see that there’s some education required, and you have it, you take that, and you put it in your Educational section.
If you see there are certain skills that are needed and you possess them, you take them, like one by one, and you put them in your Skills section. So, by using our detective skills, we identified the following keywords to be the most important in this specific job ad. And then, we also look at the job responsibilities for this job. Again, here these are the main keywords that we need to take into consideration and add them to our list.
Now, what do you do with them?
Then, action verbs next. The action verbs that were identified in the job ad and the job requirements in this case are: Collaborate, Develop, Produce, Incorporate, Validate, Implement, Fix, Debug, Improve, Collect, Analyze, Suggest, and Enact. You might wonder why is it important to include these action verbs? Well, firstly, they can help you as inspiration to start your sentences with. And, secondly, the recruiter might have included them in the ATS. So, make sure to use them in order to beat the machine.
Yeah. So, for a better understanding on how you can use these different keywords and place them in your Summary, Education, Skills, Work Experience, Interests… We will actually showcase you a real-life example with a live demo in a resume editor. And, what better editor to use than Novorésumé. Wink. As we have seen from the job ad that has shown before, these are the main keywords we found that fit very well with a brief Professional Summary and Title. Now, let’s hear what it sounds like in a professional Summary. “Energetic software developer with 5+ years of experience in developing high-performance web technologies.
Team player with a will-do attitude, excellent communication and software design skills with a strong user focus.” Now, let’s move to the Experience section. These are the keywords we identified from the job. As you can see, there are a lot of action verbs here, which both serve as good inspiration to write your resume, and they also make sure that you have a better chance of being matched with some of the recruiters keywords.
We will not read this whole section, though, seeing as it is purely an example to understand how to use these keywords to your advantage. Next section is Skills. This is a home run because listing skills is basically just taking them directly from the job ad and listing them on your resume. Of course, only if you possess these skills. It never works out to lie on your resume. Don’t lie. Don’t lie.
And, as the last section, the Education, which is also pretty straightforward. We hope you get the idea of how to use the keywords by now. Oh, and by the way, with our smart editor, you can easily use it to adapt it to different job ads by using the My Content feature. This makes it so fast and easy for you to change out sections, such as your Summary with previously created content. So, you don’t have to start from scratch every time. Other than that, you can, of course, change the colors and fonts to fit the resume with a job or company you’re applying for. We also would appreciate your help in order to reach more job seekers out there.