One of the most time-consuming activities job seekers face is modifying resumes for different jobs.
But what if you could quickly and easily match your resume to the job posting? There is an easier way!
It is no longer an option…you must adjust your resume based on the requirements in job postings.
Why You Need To Customize Your Resume For Each Job
Recruiters only want to look at the most qualified applicants. That’s the bottom line. And not all applicants are qualified.
All Fortune 500 companies and most smaller companies post jobs and collect applications using an Applicant Tracking System or ATS.
ATS software helps simplify the candidate management process across the organization. An ATS helps recruiters and hiring managers to organize, collect and store candidate and job-related data and track and monitor candidates through all stages of the hiring process.
So you do the manual work and enter your information, upload your resume and now it’s all in the ATS.
Recruiters search their ATS by people who applied for specific jobs, keywords, location, education and other criteria based on the system they use or their personal preferences.
In order for your resume/profile/application to show up, you must meet the criteria recruiters are searching for.
People often ask – “what are the right keywords to use?”
I’m sad to say, there is no magic list of generic keywords.
The words or terminology you should use in your resume are the words that the employer is asking for in the job posting. And in order for your application/resume to show up when a recruiter searches their ATS, you have you use the same keywords they are searching for.
- Analyze the job description posting for these types of things:
- Technology (software, programming languages, etc)
- Processes or procedures
- Industry or specific job experience
In the old days, you would print the job description, highlight the keywords/terms and use that.
Then, technology allowed you to cut and paste the job posting into wordcloud software and build one of these so you could identify the most frequently used terms.
Now, you can use a tool like Jobscan to review how well your resume matches the job posting.
Jobscan.co was founded by James Hu after he struggled during his job search to do this same type of comparison and analysis. He built a tool for himself which later became Jobscan.
It’s a freemium service which means there are parts that are free and parts you need to pay a fee to use. You can test drive the basics for free, but if you want to edit and evaluate your resume in real time, you’ll need to pay $49.95 a month (or $89.95 for 3 months).
Here are the most popular plans (as of January 2019):
How To Evaluate Your Resume
Here’s how easy it is to see how well your resume matches the job posting.
Step One and two: Copy and paste your resume and the job description.
Click scan button and here are your results.
Scroll down through each section of the report to see what your resume is missing. Here’s what it looks like. The words with the red X in the resume colum are the ones missing.
After making changes to your resume, you can rescan it. But with the free version you only get 5 scans a month.
With the paid version, you get unlimited scans PLUS the ability to see changes to your score based on the changes you make in real time.
Power Edit lets you see if the changes you make to your resume increase your score.
If you want to learn more about how ATS work, check out: 5 Things You Need To Know About Applicant Tracking Systems
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.