In today’s tough job market, it can be like the job Olympics to finally land an entry level job upon graduation. In truth, it’s not just your own presentation that has to be faultless, but your resume needs to be precise as well. Hiring managers are not the only people looking at your application. Corporations make use of a variety of hiring software, as well as hiring job boards, to sift through a myriad of job applications. This software is actually the first hurdle. After, you get by the gatekeeper, you can worry about running the rest of the gauntlet with human integrity and a little bit of panache.
Why Your Resume May Not Be Noticed:
Lack of Keywords - Every job posting will be coded with keywords that the hiring manager would like to see on a resume. This can include software packages learned, title of positions obtained, or specific skills or languages. If it’s not on your resume, it won’t be picked up by the software and won’t be moved along as a potential candidate.
Complex Formatting - Imagine that your resume is being read first by a very simple computer program. Suddenly, all that extra formatting you paid some resume writer to do is going to be a drawback. Keep your formatting simple, but effective.
Lies and Discrepancies - Some people think they can fool the machine by typing in fake job titles in white fonts to get past the screening software. They know what you’re up to and it will only showcase your dishonesty, not your desire to be hired.