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Resume Tips That Will Get You More Interviews In 2020, Part 2

YWCA Saskatoon’s Employment and Learning Centre remains closed for in-person programs in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.  We will continue to provide remote services via email, telephone and social media (Facebook).

We believe it is important to maintain your job search momentum. As such the Employment and Learning Centre will offer you daily job search advice and support that you can complete from home.

Today’s post is another post in the series….

The resume tips previously shared in part 1 were:

  • Understand Your Resume’s Place In The Hiring Process
  • Write For Your Audience(s)
  • Narrow Down Your Job Target.

Today we want to continue with tips for a good resume.

Design Your Resume For ATS:

The next step is designing your resume for Applicant Tracking software. Applicant Tracking software can’t read text placed in headers or footers, placed in charts, tables, or text boxes, and doesn’t care about bold, underlined, italicized, colored, or color-filled text.

Applicant Tracking software scans the text from left-to-right so it may not read text formatted in columns correctly, and reads PDFs, but are known to read Microsoft Word Documents more accurately. To make this simple, start with a new Microsoft Word Document and organize your information in a one-column layout. Make sure your contact information can be found in the body of your resume rather than just in the header or footer. Keep in mind that Applicant Tracking software is designed to look for certain keywords and text arrangements to fill in a form with your information within the software. Use standard section headings (Skills or Areas of Expertise, Experience, Education, Certifications, etc.) to make sure your information is parsed and organized in this software correctly.

Learn How to Analyze Job Postings:

Job postings were created by HR teams based on the staffing needs described by a team leader or manager. They tell you exactly what they’re looking for in an ideal candidate, so why would these details not be in your resume. Analyzing job postings isn’t as technical or challenging as it may sound. You’re reading through the resume from the perspective of an employer and answering these questions:

  • What’s the primary goal of this role?
  • What are the required qualifications and preferred skills for this job?
  • What traits will an ideal candidate have?
  • What other words or phrases describe the role or work?

If you can read through a job posting and identify the answers to these questions, then you’ll know what needs to be on your resume to present you as the best fit for the job.

Identify Top Job-related Skills:

Some job postings are formidable. Your resume doesn’t need to list every single qualification and desired trait listed on the job posting. If it did, your resume would look like it was 100% copied-and-pasted from the job posting. You can avoid that by identifying the top job-related qualifications and skills to focus on within your resume. It’s more important that your resume contains the highest-weighted keywords for Applicant Tracking software while still sounding like you’re telling your story for the human reader.

Your Employment and Learning staff are working remotely through email or over the telephone.  Should you have any questions about resumes, job interviews, job interview questions, how to prepare or how to answer those difficult questions, feel free to contact any of your Employment and Learning staff for support.  You can reach us at:

Stay motivated; stay healthy as you achieve your employment goals.

You can view the full original article by Off the Clock Resumes, at: https://www.offtheclockresumes.com/blog/20-resume-tips-for-2020