Imagine you are the hiring manager or you’re the HR manager. You post your job listing on the Internet. Thousands of people see it and the resumes come flooding in.
In the old days you’d have to read all the resumes. You’d sort the good ones from the bad, set up interviews with the good candidates and send rejection emails to the bad candidates. This was fine if you had just a few candidates, but it would take massive work if you got a large number of candidates. You could be tied up for days- nobody has time for that.
Fortunately a new category of software has emerged: the applicant tracking system (ATS). With an ATS the applicants enter their resume online by typing it into a form, uploading a doc or pulling it from LinkedIn. It’s great for the hiring manager because all the candidates appear in a list and can be processed efficiently.
Most applicant tracking systems do more than that. They compare the candidates resumes with the job description and rank the candidates automatically. The hiring manager simply reads the resumes of the top listed candidates and sets up interviews. Instead of reading hundreds of resumes, reading the top 20 may be enough to do the job.
Because applicant tracking systems reduce the work so greatly, they have become very popular and are used by virtually all large corporations (and many smaller ones as well).
The applicant tracking system presents a real problem: you need to get near the top of the list or you won’t be considered at all. You may be extremely well qualified, in fact you may be the best candidate in the world, but if your resume is not written in a way that gets you to the top of the list no one will ever know.
This is where ResumeScanner can help you. ResumeScanner identifies the skills listed in the job description and hilights the ones your resume does not mention. This allows you to add these words and phrases to your resume so it matches the job description more closely. The better the match, the higher you will appear in the ATS list. The higher you are in the list, the more likely your resume will be considered. This improves your chance of being interviewed and of getting the job you want.
You’ll also see how the keywords are used: Keywords in Context.
With keywords in context, you’ll see each keyword in the job description plus the text before and after the keyword. Don’t just add the keyword to your resume, add the phrase used in the job description that includes the keyword. Matching longer phrases greatly strengthens your match and improves your ranking in employers’ applicant tracking systems. This gives you a better chance for an interview.
In this example, the keyword “presentations” is used 3 times in the job description. Don’t just use the one word in your resume, use the phrase your potential employer used. For example:
“perform technical presentations & demonstrations”
“provide presentations both to executive-level and working-level”
“giving sales-oriented presentations”
Or use all three. Now you’re competitive!
Most job seekers have no idea applicant tracking systems play such an important role in the hiring process. This gives you, the informed job seeker a real opportunity to gain a competitive edge. Use ResumeScanner for every job you seek and outsmart the pack. Sign up now for a free 15 day trial. You’ll never apply for a job the same way again.