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Nov 6, 2013

How To Create A Robot-Freindly Resume [infographic]

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How To Create A Robot-Freindly Resume [infographic]
Have you ever applied online for a job you though you were perfect for, only to never hear back from the employer? Your resume may have been kicked out of the application pool because you designed it for human eyes - not for the robot eyes of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), the recruitment tools many organizations are now using to help streamline the hiring process. That means if you want your resume to make final cut, you should consider letting go of outdated rules and focus on making it robot-friendly first. Check out this infographic by hireright that takes a closer look that why employers need robot assistance and why creating a robot-friendly resume is important for you.

How To Create A Robot-Freindly Resume [infographic]

As more employers use ATSs, it's vital for candidates to upgrade their resumes to help ensure they don't get overlooked. Resumes should now be optimized to stand out to an ATS, not only to a recruiter or hiring manager.

The dos

  • Use keywords from the job description in your resume.
  • Put your contact information at the top of the page (but not in the header).
  • Use an executive summary and create a bulleted list of qualifications and skills.
  • Use web-standard fonts (such as Arial, Tahoma or Verdana).
  • Follow best practices when formatting work history information: Start with the employer's name, followed by your title, then the dates you held the title.
  • Use proper capitalization and punctuations.
  • Spell check.
  • Upload your resume, rather than cutting and pasting.

The Don'ts

  • Don't feel forced to adhere to the standard 1-page resume (ATS robots don't care about length; in fact, a longer resume may improve your chances).
  • Don't get hung up on fancy formatting.
  • Focus on clearly organized sections.
  • Don't use abbreviations (for instance, spell out "Manger" instead of "Mgr").
  • Don't use tables.
  • Don't use graphics or logos.
  • Don't use header or footers.
  • Don't submit a PDF they're unreadable by some software.

New technology is revolutionizing the job application process, making it easier for candidates to connect with their ideal employment opportunities. Adoption best practices for resume creation will increase your chances of landing your dream job.

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