The job market has certainly changed over the past few years and that means the job search has taken on a different look. That also means your resume must be updated. Even if your work experience and skills have stayed the same, there are still ways to write your resume for the modern recruiting process.
According to Jobscan.com, one of the most powerful ways to give your resume a modern lift is to update the design. If you’re over the age of 30, it’s time to ditch the traditional white sheet of typing paper as your template. There are thousands of free resume templates online. Find one that provides a pleasant reading experience, looks modern, and is compatible with applicant tracking systems.
Know about the first “screener” of your resume. The first “person” to “see” your resume is likely to be an applicant tracking system (ATS), software used by a majority of companies to eliminate the mountain of applicants. If the potential employer is looking for a business manager or operations manager, for instance, anyone with those words on their resume comes up. Specific words matter.
After reading the resume, the ATS assigns a score about how good a fit it is, said Amanda Augustine, a certified professional career coach and professional resume writer at TopResume, a global resume writing service in New York City. “That determines where you are in the pecking order. If your resume isn’t engineered to pass that gatekeeper, you won’t move on to a human.” Optimize your resume to pass the ATS by reading the job description and tailoring your resume to that, using the same keywords.
Think of your resume as a marketing tool, not a transcript. It’s not necessary to provide every detail about every role you’ve ever had in the job market. Relevancy is the key. What have you done to make a difference in your company’s bottom line?
The information on the resume should explain how you got to where you are today and not listing accomplishments from 20-30 years ago. They may be relevant but it also shows your age, which we all know can lead to age discrimination.
Pay attention to the details. Follow all of the requirements for submitting your resume. Does the listing ask for a resume submitted as a PDF? In Word? If it doesn’t specify, resume experts say it’s best to use Word. You should also stick to common fonts in typeface big enough to be read easily by most people, figuring a human will eventually read it. Keep bullet points simple and don’t include images.
Happy Resume Writing!