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Optimize Your Resume (Career Renewal) for Applicant Tracking Systems 2017

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Seminar presented by Denis Curtin at the Career Renewal meeting on May 21, 2017, in Deerfield, IL.

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Optimize Your Resume (Career Renewal) for Applicant Tracking Systems 2017

  1. 1. Optimize Your Resume For Applicant Tracking Systems Denis Curtin 2017 © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  2. 2. 2 Outline INTRODUCTION 1. RESUME FORMATTING 2. HELPFUL ROBOTS © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION Applicant Tracking Systems © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  4. 4. 4 Online Resume Submissions When submitting your resume online It will most likely be screened by an APPLICANT TRACKING SYSTEM © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  5. 5. 5 Applicant Tracking System (ATS) The core component of a recruiting software suite ATS simplifies the recruitment lifecycle by automating the hiring process ATS includes receiving and reviewing resumes © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  6. 6. 6 Applicant Tracking Systems
  7. 7. 7 Source: ongig.com TALEO
  8. 8. 8 Some Taleo Customers Courtesy of Oracle
  9. 9. 9 Why ATS Resume Optimization? Many qualified applicants are being rejected by ATS, not because of a lack of qualifications but because of unknowingly formatting their content so the ATS cannot recognize it. Source: Jobscan.co Blog © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  10. 10. 10 Why ATS Resume Optimization? Some sources quote that as many as 75% of applicants are eliminated by the ATS, as soon as they submit their resume, Despite Being Qualified for the Job! Source: Marc Miller, CareerPivot.com © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  11. 11. 11 Avoiding the Black Hole ! Source: commons.wikimedia.org © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  12. 12. 12 ATS Do’s and Don’ts © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  13. 13. 13 PART 1 Formatting Your Resume © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  14. 14. 14 Resume Headers ATS Cannot Read Information in a Header Don’t © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  15. 15. 15 Resume Footers ATS Cannot Read Information in a Footer Don’t © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  16. 16. 16 Resume Type Fonts ATS Has Difficulty Reading Serif Fonts Times New Roman Use Sans Serif Fonts Arial Don’t Do © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  17. 17. 17 Resume Font Size ATS Has Difficulty Reading a Font Size That is Smaller Than 11 pt. Type Do Not Use 10 pt. Type or Smaller Best Choice: Arial 11 pt. or 12 pt. Type © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  18. 18. 18 Resume Margins Use a one inch margin on the right and left sides of your resume Use a one inch margin at the top and bottom of your resume © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved TOP BOTTOM
  19. 19. 19 Submitting PDF Resumes Unless the Job Posting Specifically States: Submit a .pdf Resume – Don’t Most ATS Cannot Read .pdf Resumes Denis Curtin Resume.pdfDon’t © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  20. 20. 20 Preferred Resume Format Use Microsoft Word .doc Format Many ATS Cannot Read .docx Resumes Denis Curtin Resume.doc Denis Curtin Resume.docx Do Don’t © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  21. 21. 21 Assist ATS Parsing DENIS J. CURTIN Palatine, Illinois 60074 847.359.0435 Denmarc@comcast.net www.linkedin.com/in/deniscurtin DENIS J. CURTIN Palatine, Illinois 60074 847-359-0435 Denmarc@comcast.net www.linkedin.com/in/deniscurtin/ Don’t Do • Use Single Column Format • Do Not Label the Entries Don’t Use Periods Include Zip Code © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  22. 22. 22 Horizontal Rules (Lines) DENIS J. CURTIN Palatine, Illinois 60074 847-359-0435 Denmarc@comcast.net www.linkedin.com/in/deniscurtin Don’t Horizontal Rules Confuse the ATS As Do Borders Don’t © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  23. 23. 23 Use Left Justification WORK EXPERIENCE LinkedIn® Trainer | LinkedIn® Coach | LinkedIn® Speaker 2011 – Present Training, coaching and speaking on how to effectively use your LinkedIn profile in your job search. One-on-one advice for Executive Level candidates seeking LinkedIn profile optimization to enhance their job search. LinkedIn Presenter at numerous Job Support Groups and libraries in the Chicago Area. Webmaster for Chicago career transition website: www.JobSearchChicago.com. LinkedIn® Trainer | LinkedIn® Coach | LinkedIn® Speaker 2011 – Present Training, coaching and speaking on how to effectively use your LinkedIn profile in your job search. One-on-one advice for Executive Level candidates seeking LinkedIn profile optimization to enhance their job search. LinkedIn Presenter at numerous Job Support Groups and libraries in the Chicago Area. Webmaster for Chicago career transition website: www.JobSearchChicago.com. Don’t Do Don’t Have an Even Right Margin © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  24. 24. 24 Use Black Ink on White Paper Don’t Do
  25. 25. 25 Don’t Use Graphics, Logos, or Images Don’t Don’t Don’t
  26. 26. 26 ATS Cannot Read Tables Well Don’t Or Multiple Columns © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  27. 27. 27 ATS Cannot Read Underlines Don’t
  28. 28. 28 ATS Cannot Read Italics Don’t EDUCATION M.S. Organic Chemistry, Purdue University, W. Lafayette, Indiana B.S. Chemistry, cum laude, Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  29. 29. 29 ATS Ignores Skills Section List Skills Within Each Job Don’t © Jobsearch.about.com © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  30. 30. 30 Work Experience Call Your Work Experience Just That: WORK EXPERIENCE ATS May Not Recognize Phrases Like: CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS SKILLS & EXPERTISE Do Don’t © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  31. 31. 31 Education Call Your Education Just That: EDUCATION ATS May Not Recognize Phrases Like: PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS PROFESSIONAL TRAINING Do Don’t © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  32. 32. 32 Never Start With Dates 2000 – 2008 INSIGHT ENTERPRISES, INC., Hanover Park, Illinois Insight is the Fortune 500 value-added global reseller of computer products and services that purchased Comark. (2003 – 2008) Director – Integration Services INSIGHT ENTERPRISES, INC., Hanover Park, Illinois 2000 – 2008 Insight is the Fortune 500 value-added global reseller of computer products and services that purchased Comark. Director – Integration Services (2003 – 2008) Don’t Do © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  33. 33. 33 Your Resume in the ATS
  34. 34. 34 PART 2 Choosing Keywords © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  35. 35. 35 Choosing Keywords Use the Information Found in the JOB DESCRIPTION Keywords Required Skills Key Phrases © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  36. 36. 36 © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved Word Clouds Use Word Clouds to Search for Keywords www.Wordle.net www.ToCloud.com Others Compare the Word Cloud of Your Resume with the Word Cloud of the Job Description
  37. 37. 37 Word Cloud Example www.Wordle.net
  38. 38. 38 Word Cloud Example www.ToCloud.com
  39. 39. 39 Word Cloud Example www.ToCloud.com Skills
  40. 40. 40 Use Robots to beat the ATS Robot © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
  41. 41. 41 https://theprofessional.me/ From MicroTrain Technologies
  42. 42. 42https://theprofessional.me/ From MicroTrain Technologies
  43. 43. 43 https://theprofessional.me/ From MicroTrain Technologies
  44. 44. 44https://theprofessional.me/ From MicroTrain Technologies
  45. 45. 45 www.JobScan.co James Hu From www.JobScan.co
  46. 46. 46 Jobscan.co Match Rate From www.JobScan.co
  47. 47. 47 Jobscan.co Skills Match From www.JobScan.co
  48. 48. 48 Jobscan.co Skills Match From www.JobScan.co
  49. 49. 49 Jobscan.co Skills Match From www.JobScan.co
  50. 50. 50 Jobscan.co Match Rate Resume Job Description From www.JobScan.co
  51. 51. 51 Jobscan.co Match Rate © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights ReservedFrom www.JobScan.co
  52. 52. 52 Jobscan.co Match Rate © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights ReservedFrom www.JobScan.co
  53. 53. 53 Jobscan.co Match Rate © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights ReservedFrom www.JobScan.co
  54. 54. 54 Jobscan.co © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights ReservedFrom www.JobScan.co
  55. 55. 55 Jobscan.co Account © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights ReservedFrom www.JobScan.co
  56. 56. 56 Jobscan.co © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights ReservedFrom www.JobScan.co
  57. 57. 57 Jobscan.co Costs Each Month © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights ReservedFrom www.JobScan.co
  58. 58. 58 Goals For Resume Submission Follow All The ATS Format Rules (Part 1) Resume Should Match the Job Description: (Part 2) Skills Keywords Key Phrases Error-Free Resume © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved
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  60. 60. 60 Denis Curtin WEBMASTER www.JobSearchChicago.com Denmarc@comcast.net © Copyright 2017 – Denis Curtin – www.JobSearchChicago.com – All Rights Reserved

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