We are often made to feel as though we must have the answers for everything and that if we fail to excel in certain aspects of our life, that we are in fact failures. However, the truth is we all have different strengths and weaknesses. More importantly, if we truly wish to thrive, we need to learn how to rely on each others' strengths in order to compensate for our weaknesses. This is a lesson I didn't learn until I had dug myself so deeply into debt that I thought I would never be able to crawl out of the hole. With the help of a financial consultant, I was able to crawl out from under my debt and learn many valuable lessons in the process. It is my hope that this blog will allow me to share those lessons with you.
If you are trying to get a job, you likely want to make sure that your resume is optimized so that it is likely to get the most positive responses possible. This is helpful because it will allow you to increase the chances that you get a job and are able to make the money that you need to survive. However, there's been a change in many recruiting offices. Due to the large number of applications that recruiting offices receive, they tend to process them first by having a computer scan them for certain keywords that are in the job description. In order to be successful with your job search, you need to make sure that your resume is both human readable and computer readable, or parseable. Here are some tips.
1. Include Buzzwords Directly From the Job Description for the Computer
You know what the job requires after you have read the job description. This means that you will be able to figure out the words that your resume needs to include in order to ensure that you are able to draw positive attention. First, make a separate word document with a list of all of the buzzwords that you need to include. This could be certain technologies that they want you to be familiar with, characteristics that they want you to have, and other information. Then, try to copy and paste these words verbatim into your resume in a way that seems natural and makes sense. For example, have a section on your resume that is simply a list of skills you have or technology that you are familiar with. This will allow you to include a bunch of buzzwords in a bullet-point format in your resume. You can get all the words in but not have your resume look off-putting.
2. Highlight the Buzzwords for the Recruiter
If you make it past the computer parsing your resume, your resume will then go to a recruiter. He or she will take a look at it. You want to make sure that the same buzzwords that you used for the computer also stand out to the recruiter since they are directly taken from the job description. Simply make each of the buzzwords that you included bold so that they jump out at the recruiter and increase the chances that he or she contacts you for an interview.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in employment and recruiting.