We can rave about the benefits of our professional resume service at length, but sometimes, all people really want is the proof. Here's a first-page sample of a recent resume 'before' and 'after' that we completed for Sarah* (*name and personal details changed), an entry-level job-seeker looking to secure a role in administration.
Summary of What We Changed:
We wish Sarah well and are confident that with her new resume, she is one step closer to securing the job she wants.
Applicant Tracking Systems and Resume Keywords - Will Your Resume Pass? FREE Tool – Put Your Resume to the Test!
Many jobseekers these days are now aware that employers use keyword scanning software (Applicant Tracking Systems) to filter applicant resumes. 80% of large companies use some form of this software! When employers are receiving hundreds, if not thousands of applications for some roles, it makes sense to have a system to sort the wheat from the chaff. You know that you’re the wheat (!), but how do you ensure that your prospective employer gets an opportunity to realise that too? The answer is by using relevant keywords in your resume, to get through ATS effectively.
In a competitive job market, you should ensure your resume adheres to a number of key criteria. Resume trends change over time – it’s important to keep on top of current employer preferences to get noticed. From resume templates to content, what are the important things to include – and avoid – in a resume in 2018?
Contemporary, modern format
The old trend for resumes to be lengthy and include fancy fonts and long-winded spiels is over (somewhat sadly! Who else fondly remembers WordArt?). These days, resumes should be clear, succinct and concise. The preference is to use black, white and grey colours only (unless you’re in a creative industry, in which case, you can be a bit more inventive). Make sure your resume is presented in a fresh and modern resume template – a dated design can leave an employer feeling the applicant may be a bit ‘behind’ too.
You may have heard that some recruitment companies use software to scan for keywords to select jobseekers to proceed to the next stage of their application. It’s therefore important to ensure you use relevant keywords appropriately. For example...