The current climate has led to an influx in job applications and higher levels of competition, making it critically important for your resume to stand out to employers. With most companies using Applicant Tracking Software (ATS) to quicken the hiring process, your resume needs to look attractive to the technology before it reaches the people reviewing it. Aliro has special expertise here, as a patented proprietary software that works with the ATS to find job seekers the roles that are best fit for them and their skillsets.
Here are 5 things to consider when optimizing your resume to make sure those employers can find you:
Tip #1: Understand a resume’s purpose.
Before we get into how to build a resume for an ATS, you must understand the purpose of a resume. A resume is a document that entices your future employer to invite you to meet with them for a job interview. So, make sure to focus on clearly and concisely getting the most vital information across because on average, recruiters take 6 seconds to scan a resume.
Consider the following:
- DO focus attention on your relevant skills and experience.
- DO create a favorable impression of yourself.
- DO intrigue the reader to want to learn more about you.
- A resume DOES NOT get you a job – you do!
- A resume DOES NOT present all the facts about you. It is not your life story, but a carefully curated selection of experience relevant to your desired position.
- A resume DOES NOT misrepresent you – a good resume will present you favorably but does not embellish.
Tip #2: Understand what an ATS is and how it works.
Applicant Tracking Software (ATS) is built to make recruiters’ and employers’ jobs easier by collecting, sorting, scanning, and ranking job applicants before they get in front of human eyes in addition to other time-saving functions.
If your resume or application is not formatted properly or does not incorporate the keywords the software is looking for, your application could be at risk of rejection. To give you an idea of the scale at which ATS’s are used, 75% of resumes are never read by a human and more than 95% of Fortune 500 companies rely on ATS software. The same study showed that of 1,000 analyzed resumes submitted through an ATS, 43% were sent in an incompatible file type and rejected.
Tip #3: Write your resume both for the tech consuming it AND human readers.
No ATS is the same. Every system has different ways of operating, different settings, and different priority keywords. The majority of these systems search resumes for location, job titles, and key skillsets.
“The AliroMatch patented technology marketing engine does the job search for the job seeker by matching job opportunities to their profiles and resumes created on the Aliro platform and notifying them of opportunities best fit and matched to them” said Greg Walters, Director of Customer Success. “These candidates are matched to open positions and encouraged to apply, re-apply, or refer their friends and displaced colleagues and get rewarded for it.”
Keyword optimization is one of the most important elements to consider when writing your resume for a talent management system. In order to ensure that your resume gets to a human reader:
- Ensure keywords mentioned in the job announcement are mentioned in your bullet points and skillsets in your resume.
- Customize your resume to match each job’s unique requirements.
- Clearly list the location of your previous roles, to be easily scanned and read by the software.
- Unless you are applying for a creative position, your resume should be black and white, plain and simple, with no added designs or color.
- Your resume length should reflect your years of experience. Entry level resumes should not exceed one page, and in general, your resume should never be more than 2 pages long.
At Aliro, we pride ourselves on being military-friendly and we are honored to support and aid transitioning service members. Here are some specific tips for professionally mentioning your military background before submitting through an ATS:
- Highlight any keywords mentioned in the job announcement that are relevant to your experience.
- Mention all relevant military experience but use civilian terminology. For example:
- If you are a squad leader in your resume, but the job announcement says they’re looking for a team leader, swap out the terms.
- If you were a satellite technician communicator, but the job announcement says they’re looking for a telecommunications engineer, swap out the terms.
“As the founder of CUNY Veterans, which was responsible for providing expert guidance to executive staff on how to best manage cross-functional teams in the development and delivery of community platforms across CUNY, I can confidently say that Aliro’s platform is becoming the referral network for the military community,” said Jonathan Fermin-Robbins, our Customer Success Manager.
Tip #4: Submit your resume with the ATS technology in mind.
Here are some tips for job seekers uploading their resume to an ATS:
- Check your file format. Submit your resume in a file format that you know is accurately processed by the application system with your last name and the word, “resume.” If a file type is not suggested, stick to a PDF.
- Make sure contact information is digestible by the ATS. Avoid putting your contact information in headers or footers as most software cannot read or comprehend them.
- Don’t forget your cover letter. Some roles may require a cover letter. If so, here are some guidelines. Some roles will ask you to submit a cover letter through the ATS while others will request it via email. If so, we suggest writing out the content for your cover letter as the body of your email and attaching your resume as a PDF along with any other requested material.
Tip #5: Utilize LinkedIn to share your skills and experience in further detail.
LinkedIn is not a place for your resume but a place to complement your resume by communicating the rest of your story and your personal brand in an engaging way. Your resume is a preview into your professional career and skillsets whereas your LinkedIn profile can share the bigger story.
Here are some tips for optimizing your profile:
- Customize your URL link to have your name.
- Use your “Headline” as your 30-second elevator pitch. Right now, it probably holds your job title; replace that with what you want people to know about you and what you do.
- Do not ignore your “About” section. Use it as an opportunity to provide more detail about yourself.
- Add relevant skills, recommendations, accomplishments, and volunteer experience. Do not be afraid to go into detail here, but make sure that your messaging appeals to a wider audience.
Find your best fit with Aliro’s platform!
As HR tech continues to change and teams incorporate newer technology and software systems, making sure that your resume is ATS compatible and searchable has never been more important. Aliro utilizes a proprietary AI-driven algorithm, AliroMatch, which is specifically designed to match talent to roles and opportunities that will be the best fit for both candidates and employers. Signing up with Aliro not only helps you get a job but ensures that you are matched to the best opportunities for you – based off of your resume and keywords.
Once your resume is optimized with our previously mentioned tips and tricks , upload it to the Aliro platform, become a member of our community, and let us match your talent to thousands of opportunities through our expansive ecosystem today!