Is Your #Resume Dead?

Posted on May 21, 2012. Filed under: Resumes | Tags: , , |

RESUME BRANDINGSheree Van Vreede (@rezlady)

The Resume Is Dead?

Some people like to say that the resume is dying or even dead now that social media has invaded the scene, but although that might be wishful thinking for some, it’s not quite true. What is true is that the approach to writing a resume has evolved (can I get an Amen!?).

A good resume writer now needs to be thinking in terms of an overarching personal branding message. The resume is the core of that message, which is then carried over into a LinkedIn profile, blog, bio, Twitter presence, and so on. In the end, the job seeker is left with a clear, consistent brand that permeates through both traditional and social media.

That is what has changed about resumes and, in essence, is what is revitalizing them, turning them into powerful messages with FUTURE RELEVANCE instead of lifeless lists of past accomplishments.

So, yes, it’s no longer just about having your resume “done” (it never should have been that way in the first place); it’s now about thinking of what differentiates you from the crowd…what problems do you solve? what business value do you bring? (Let’s breathe some [or #SoMe, as my Twitterati friends would say :-)] life into it!)

And how well you communicate that message across multiple platforms is what makes a job search successful in today’s market.

For more discussion on the topic, on 5/9/2012, the Tech Career Forum hosted its weekly #TCFchat on Twitter. The topic was resume branding and Applicant Tracking System (ATS) issues. Click on the link below to view the highlighted dialogue from Storify.

[View the story “Tech Career Forum Branding, Resume ATS & Job Search” on Storify]

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Technical Resume Keywords & Their Importance for ATS Systems

Posted on May 9, 2012. Filed under: Job Search Tips, Resumes, Technology | Tags: , , , , |

Applicant tracking systems

Technical resumes

Many technical candidates frown at the thought of using keywords in their resume. It just annoys them to no end. Why? Well, it’s quite simple. It means that someone at a prospective employer somewhere is going to place as much or more value on these buzzwords than they will on the actual content in the resume.

So what’s a technical professional to do?
Get Over It!

Keywords are Important, Just Face It

Most companies today use Applicant Tracking Systems — better known as ATS systems. ATS takes your resume and strips it down into a text file and then analyzes it for keyword matches with specific terms the company selected for the job opening at hand. If your keywords match up, and the formatting of the resume doesn’t boot you out of the system, then your resume will likely go to the next round of review. If the keywords aren’t a good match, then your resume just gets filed in a huge database so that the company can comply with all the employment laws and regulations.

Resume Keywords: What Terms Should I Use?

To know what keywords to use on your resume, pay close attention to the terms the company uses in the job posting. If you can get your hands on an internal job description, even better. You’ll want to mirror the terms used on these documents because they are the precise terms that the ATS system, and the HR folks after that, will be searching for.

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Applicant Tracking Systems and Your Resume

Posted on March 27, 2012. Filed under: Job Market Trends, Resumes | Tags: , , , , |

ATSby Sheree Van Vreede (@rezlady)

Applicant Tracking Systems Are Here to Stay

Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are a reality in today’s world of the job search and resume posting. Regardless of your opinion of them or mine — which is that the way companies set them up makes them ineffective and costs them lots of dollars — they are here to stay and are increasing in number. A January 2012 Wall Street Journal article provides some good background and statistics on the topic. You can view it here.

The real question is: What do I do with my resume so that it works well with these resume screening ATS systems? Although most claim that a Word document will work fine, that’s not really true. Resumes done in MS Word inherently have a good amount of formatting behind the scenes to make the resume look nice. That’s great when you email it or print it out for someone to view. Its not so nice for the ATS. The technology is such that they have difficulty parsing the data in your resume properly. Which means that information doesn’t always get placed in the right bucket. Oftentimes, this leads to the resume being “booted out” of the system.

Two Is Good; Three Is Better

The answer is to have multiple versions of your resume to handle the various submittal requirements. When submitting through an ATS, a text-only (ASCII) or e-version of the resume is the best way to go. The text-only version strips out all the fancy formatting and reorganizes the information into the proper order so that the ATS can load it successfully.

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