The downside of so many employers using applicant tracking systems?
Many great job candidates are rejected sight unseen because they didn’t include strategic resume keywords…
Over the last year, corporations and job board companies are starting to use a search tool called semantic search to help match open jobs with an online job seeker better than ever before. It’s actually been around for about 5 years, but it’s within the last year that it’s begun being used in recruitment (by companies like Deloitte, Bosch, and Manpower).
Here are some tips for resume optimization that will effectively showcase your skills without tripping up the sorting software.
We’ve all done less than perfect work at some point in our lives. Whether submitting a vague English essay or only slightly braking at a STOP sign, sometimes “close enough” is sufficient.
One place that’s not the case, especially in today’s job market: submitting your resume.
Whether in the resume storage of a job board, in an employer’s applicant tracking system (ATS), or in social networks like LinkedIn and Google Plus… most resumes end up in a database of some sort.
Regardless of where they are stored, those resumes and social profiles need to be “find-able” when someone types in their desired search terms, which are commonly referred to as “keywords.” But what keywords are those employers looking for? How do they find you?
Many job seekers already know how important it is to use resume keywords; they understand that whether an applicant tracking system or a hiring manager is reviewing your resume, you’re more likely to be considered for a role if you use specific words and phrases related to the position.
But how do you decide which keywords to use?