Robots reading resumes?

If you haven’t heard, your resume probably will be “read” by a robot before someone’s eyes have a chance to review your qualifications against the job being pursued.  That presents challenges, especially, if you are going by the old school of writing your resume.

Applicant Tracking System (aka Robot)

Applicant Tracking System (aka Robot)

ATS stands for Applicant Tracking System and most corporations “employ” this method of screening candidates for positions posted.  The truth of the matter is that you need to know the new rules of resume writing and applying for jobs in order to get to the coveted interview and have any chance at a job offer. Frustrating?

 Perhaps  – since you have spent many hours writing and rewriting your resume.

This reference guide to resume writing and the new job application process is an infographic providing you with facts, resume do’s and dont’s.

What remains true, regardless of technology or human screening of candidate qualifications, is the importance of identifying key responsibilities and requirements of the job as well as your key strengths, experience and talent.  Match those two and you have a better chance of an interview.  Interview and you have a better chance at a job offer.

It sounds much more simple than it actually is. Though the economy is improving, there are even more candidates competing against the jobs posted.  That goes for promotions within your organization too. Therefore, it is critical to accurately identify your strengths and share your experience and value in order to differentiate yourself from the competition.

NEED MORE HELP BUILDING YOUR RESUME?  I am ready to help with 1:1 coaching to your career success.  My most popular coaching service includes a Resume Renovation and Linked In Profile & Strategy.  Contact me at or  call me at 813/843-6934

“I had hired resume writers twice, during my career, but they never seemed to get it right. Patricia explained that it needs to be my voice, not a stranger’s, that comes through in the resume.  So, her approach is different:  she asks alot of questions and makes you think about what you put in your resume, what you write down.  It took some time on both of our parts but the finished product felt like it represented me well.  Patricia took the time to understand my background and experience and, for the first time, I felt like I got “value” from a career coach. ”   October 1, 2013

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