Daily Muse, Inc, and DailyWorth recently published an informative article titled “4 Lies (and 1 Truth) About Applicant Tracking Systems,” which addresses the following important question: Should we be crafting our resumes for machines or humans?
Below we’ve encapsulated the key points from that piece — helpful tips to ensure that your resume gets noticed.
Lie #1: You should write your resume for a computer, not a person.
- Matt Sigelman, CEO of Burning Glass, recommends customizing your resume for each job you apply for.
Lie #2: Employer-screening software is replacing humans.
- Search-technology programs are not replacing humans, but many companies continue to employ more traditional screening software.
Lie #3: Embed keywords from the job description in a tiny, white font at the bottom of your resume in case it’s screened by a tracking system.
- Daniel Steinbock, creator of TagCrowd, recommends adding a keyword section on the first page of your resume.
Lie #4: Companies instantly discard most resumes for failing to include certain keywords.
- The majority of resumes actually do make it into the database.
Truth #1: Ditch graphics on your resume — or all your hard work will land on the trash heap.
- Kathy Downs, a Robert Half Finance & Accounting recruiting manager, says that when graphic resumes are uploaded to an employer’s system, the formatting is not communicated on the other side.