THE IMPORTANCE OF ATS KEYWORDS IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL RESUME
If you’re in the market for a new job and confused as to why you’re not getting any callbacks? It might not be you. It may be the lack of keywords in your resume in comparison to the job posting.
WHAT IS ATS?
With many of today’s job postings receiving hundreds, if not thousands of applicants, many companies have turned to Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). In fact, ATS programs are used by 98.9% of Fortune 500 companies, and almost 75% of other employers. An ATS is programmed to scan resumes quickly. It reduces your resume to plain text and looks for pre-selected words, skills, or abilities that the hiring manager is looking for.
HOW DO WE KNOW WHAT KEYWORDS ATS IS LOOKING FOR?
Using the right keywords for your role doesn’t have to be total guesswork. By taking specific steps, you’ll be able to properly target the keywords the ATS is scanning for.
Keywords from the Job Posting
Thoroughly read the job posting to get an idea of what the hiring manager is looking for. Look for keywords around education, skills, and qualifications.
Think about programs, certifications, or language that are used daily in your industry. You might think it’s a given that the hiring manager will know you have them, but ATS won’t. Use acronyms when appropriate and be sure to list specific programs if they are listed in the job posting, instead of generic labels.
Hard Skills Keywords
Your cover letter is a great way to showcase the soft skills you’ve developed, while A professional resumes is the place to highlight your skills and achievements. Think of quantifiable training, transferrable skills, or credentials that you can list; the ATS will be programmed to search for those.
Creating a professional resume that is designed to be read by the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) can be difficult. It takes a lot of focus, reflection, and assessment, and it can be difficult to separate yourself from your experience and translate it into bullet points. A professional resume writer can take away that challenge, and help you tailor your resume and experience to make it ATS-ready.
YOUR DREAM JOB IS WAITING FOR YOU
Here at Creative Resumes, we are poised to help you break through the stonewall in your job search. Our resume writing service improves your resume so that you stand out from the competition and are recognized as one of the top candidates for the role prior to meeting the employer. We’ll help take the guesswork out of keywords and use our practical experience to craft a resume that highlights you and your skill set. If you need some additional help getting noticed we also offer LinkedIn profile optimization and career counseling to make sure you’re getting seen by the right people, in the right industry.
We take a personalized approach to resume writing, and we’ll work with you one-on-one to ensure that your resume is tailored to your specific skills, experience, and career goals. We’ll help you highlight your strengths and accomplishments so that employers can see why you’re the perfect fit for the job. From head hunting services, to career portfolios, to interview thank you letters, we’ve got you covered. So if you’re ready to take your job search to the next level, contact us today.
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