The primary purpose of developing resumes is to present yourself to potential employers on your skills, expertise, experience and other values that you can add to their organization. And because there are countless job seekers who do this daily, targeting the same organizations that you have eyes on, both prospective employers and employees have become wiser.
Employers use the Automated Tracking System (ATS) to filter out all the applications that don’t meet the criteria of each job role. Ever wondered how the ATS works? Jobscan.co reveals that the ATS has “many systems that scan your resume, ‘parse’ or pullout information, and rearrange your resume into a digital candidate profile. From there, recruiters or hiring managers can search the ATS by keyword and get a list of resumes that best matches their search.”
If you describe your expertise and experiences in a certain way make sure that you include those key words as sought in the job call without fabricating your information.
Job seekers have also learned to write targeted resumes, using key words and certain embellishments so as to go past the brick wall of the ATS.
Randy Pausch describes brick walls this way:
In Canada, looking for a job is a fulltime job itself and who knows this better than the immigrants. We are driven by the desire to settle down quickly and be successful. Writing targeted resumes is one sure way of achieving this. And many of us have written and re-written them in numerous ways.
Targeted resumes that can get past the brick wall of ATS are flattering. They champion and campaign for the owners of the resume and that’s the best way to market yourself. It is essential for targeted resumes to contain key words included in the job description. If you describe your expertise and experiences in a certain way make sure that you include those key words as sought in the job call without fabricating your information.
If you know you cannot demonstrate what you include in your resume, it shouldn’t be on it. If you did not perform certain tasks that are required, it will be in bad taste to include it in your resume. Being under financial or other pressure is never an excuse for fibbing. Stay on the side of truth. As new settlers in the country, we are hardworking and self-driven and would not want to ruin our image with a negative projection.
The ATS isn’t an absolute gatekeeper. It can be beaten to its own game.
Listen to Episode 98 here for full details.