Your resume represents valuable real estate that should be used to highlight the most important elements of your career. You only have one chance to make a great first impression, so here are a few tips to make sure your resume is read by the Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) so that you get invited for the interview you want:
Tips to Optimize and Maximize Your Resume
- Don’t use an online template. Use a standard Word document and save in a .doc format. Employers want a version of your resume that can be easily uploaded, stored and retrieved.
- Select a resume font that is considered easy to read such as Ariel, Georgia or Calibri and won’t confuse the Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). Use font sizes that are 11 point or greater.
- Do not use tables, multiple columns, or text boxes.
- Customize each resume for the specific position being sought using language from the job description. Include keywords and phrases and be as specific as possible about your relevant experience.
- Remember to edit carefully and ask an unbiased third party to review it for you. Use proper spelling, capitalization and punctuation, since this can affect how the information is parsed through the ATS database.