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7 Tips for creating a Resume that will Beat the Bots

When you are applying for a job you need to be aware that more companies are using AI and bots to scan resumes

Before you start writing your resume be sure you remember that you are appealing to two audiences: the ATS and the hiring manager Be sure to stick to simple business formatting. You will need to remove any shading, pictures, or other flourishes you have put on your resume You want to make sure you use words that apply to the job you are looking for and the company you want to work for

By: Jane Hurst, writer, editor and avid traveler from San Francisco, CA 

These bots are looking for certain things. If your resume does not have these things the bots will overlook your resume. If this happens, the hiring manager will not even see your resume. Here are seven tips for creating a resume that will beat the bots.

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  1. ATS – This acronym stands for applicant tracking system. It is what companies use to vet incoming resumes. This system sees your resume first. It scans and ranks the resumes it receives and the hiring manager uses the results to determine which resumes to take a look at. If the bots say yours is not good it is ranked low and likely overlooked by the hiring manager.
  2. Content – Before you start writing your resume be sure you remember that you are appealing to two audiences: the ATS and the hiring manager. Some people put so much effort into beating the bots they forget to make sure their resume is formatted well and written well. You are trying to get a job so do not forsake the human element for the bots.
  3. Formatting – Be sure to stick to simple business formatting. You will need to remove any shading, pictures, or other flourishes you have put on your resume. These can be included on your personal website. Be sure your headings are standard. You can use an online resume builder to help you maintain standard headings. Fonts that are hard to read should not be included on a resume. Stick to Times New Roman, Ariel or other basic fonts. Again, you can save the pretty or obscure fonts for your personal webpage. The hiring manager will look at your personal webpage after perusing your resume. Keep all the fun stuff like your logo, photos, and fancy fonts for you personal webpage. 
  4. Acronyms – Spell out acronyms like applicant tracking system. Often people use acronyms to make room for other information. Acronyms will mess with the tracking system and possibly give you a lower rank. Spell everything out so your resume is clear to the tracking system. 
  5. Spell check – Use spell check while writing your resume. If you have too many misspelled words the tracking system will stop reading your resume and rank it low on the scale. Also if it does pass the automated tracking system, the hiring manager will notice your misspelled words and not bother reading your resume thoroughly. Spell check is your friend when it comes to resume writing. Be aware though that spell check can sometimes insert wrong words. Look your resume over after each section and make sure the wording is correct. 
  6. Keywords – One of the most important parts of a resume is keywords. These are words that the automated tracking system will use when it looks over your resume. You want to make sure you use words that apply to the job you are looking for and the company you want to work for. Do your research and figure out the company’s keywords on their webpage. Sprinkle some of them in and your resume should rank higher. 
  7. Review – When you are finished with your resume, take the time to review it and make sure everything lines up and looks good. Proofread your resume a couple of times to make sure everything is spelled correctly and your personal information is correct. You will want the hiring manager to have your correct personal information so they can call you for an interview after they have read your resume.

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