The Smarter Way to Apply for a Job

ResumeScanner Instructions

ResumeScanner is easy to use. Here’s a step-by-step guide to scanning your resume and improving your chance of an interview. 

To begin, Sign into ResumeScanner. Select the “Sign In” menu above on the right.

Here you enter your email address and password to sign into ResumeScanner. The user name and email are the ones you entered when you entered the order for the product.

For your convenience, you can select the checkboxes for “Remember User Name,” “Remember Password” and “Automatically Sign In.” If you select all three, ResumeScanner will log you in automatically for as long as you have an active subscription.

If this is  your first time signing into ResumeScanner, you’ll see this page which is an empty list. If you have scanned your resume before, the saved scans will appear in the list. 

To perform a new scan, press “New Scan” in the upper left portion of the screen.

This is where you compare your resume with a job description. Enter a job name at the top. This is a name used just for your convenience so you can identify this job in a list of scans you’ve performed. A good way to use job names is to name the company and the job title.

At the bottom left, paste the job description. You would have copied this from a job listing, typically on a job site or in an online classifieds section.

At the bottom right, paste your current resume.

Once you have pasted in both a job description and resume, press the Scan button.

After a few seconds, the keyword results appear below the job description and resume. Here, the keywords are listed down the left side. To their right is the number of times the keyword appears in the job description and the number of times the keyword appears on your resume.  Keywords in RED are completely missing from your resume.

In this example, the word “learn” appears three times in the job description but does not appear in your resume. Other missing keywords are “scientific,” “ability to learn,” “actions” and more.

Notice the score for this scan is 24. This means only 24% of the keywords in the job description are found in the resume. Don’t be alarmed if your initial score is very low- it happens all the time. It can be a bit of a shock because you probably have put considerable work into your resume and feel it’s very good. A low score does not mean the resume is poorly written, it only means your resume doesn’t match the job description very well. This is why you need ResumeScanner. It reveals the truth to you that is difficult to see without the tool.

Start adding the keywords to your resume. You can change the wording, add bullet points, add a skills section or even add a keyword section. Make a few changes then scan again. Since ResumeScanner does not charge you per scan, you can work incrementally, making small changes and re-scanning as often as you like.

Also, take note of the Keywords in Context. This is the section to the right of the keyword counts that shows how the keyword was used in the job description:

There are several applicant tracking systems used by employers and they all have their own way of matching resumes to job descriptions. Some merely count keywords. Others are more sophisticated. To be sure your resume will score well, it’s important for you to do more than get the keyword in. It’s much better if you use a longer phrase that matches how the keyword is used in the job description. In the example above, your resume uses the word “skills” 6 times and the job description uses it 4 times. You might think you’re in good shape because your count is greater than the employer. Your match will be stronger if you use phrases like “customer service and computer skills” or “strong technical skills across a variety of systems.” These matches will score very well across all applicant tracking systems.

TIP: make the changes in your original resume (in your favorite word processor), then copy and paste into ResumeScanner. This will assure your formatting in the word processor is preserved. Also, remember you are matching your resume to one specific job description. If you apply for a different job, you’ll need to do the process over again with the new job. It takes some effort, but remember what you are trying to do: make your resume rank higher than hundreds of competitors. 

As you make changes to your resume, your score will rise. Make the effort to get a score over 75. Some job descriptions are short and it’s easy to get to a high score. Others are more difficult and can seem daunting. It’s worth making the effort: imagine every time your score increases you resume jumps over the other resumes and rises in the list. A job hunt is a competition and you’re playing to win! 

To review your scans, click the “Show All Scans” menu. You’ll see a list of all scans with the most recent at the top. There are two buttons to the left of each scan. The pencil icon allows you to edit (or simply view) the scan. The X button allows you to delete the scan. This allows you to keep a record of all your resume variations and their scores.