Stop wasting time on pointless job search tactics, writes ZipRecruiter founder and CEO Ian Siegel. He offers step-by-step instruction – appropriate for every career stage – for finding jobs, standing out as an applicant, landing the job and negotiating a competitive salary. Drawing on data from over one million employers and offering tips tailored to the modern hiring environment, Siegel can help you break self-sabotaging habits and secure the position you want.
Before a human reads your résumé, you must get it past the robots.
In years past, human recruiters and hiring managers scanned paper résumés looking for qualified job candidates. Nowadays, the first entity to examine your résumé is likely not a person at all – it’s an Applicant Tracking System. Your prime objective when crafting a résumé is not to impress the human who might eventually hire you, but to get a shot at an interview by wowing the robots.
To get past the robot-read stage, follow these résumé tips:
- Pick a simple format – Robots scan your résumé from top to bottom and left to right. Ensure they don’t miss any important information by making your résumé template as simple as possible.
- Choose commonly used job titles – Rather than using whatever creative name your present employer uses for your position, pick the most generic term used on job descriptions that match your role.
- Simplify and use numbers in your descriptions – When describing your capabilities and accomplishments, use straightforward language and add...