Did you ever consider that the resume you just sent to a prospective company would have computer software that screens your resume before any human person can see it? More companies are using these types of software due to the sheer number of applicants per job opening.

Automated resume screeners or applicant tracking systems are regularly now being used to separate resumes into ones that fit the job and discarding the others. All regardless of how spiffy your resume is.

These programs work just like SEO does for websites, keywords. The screener programs will take keywords from your resume and match it to the job requirements of a position. But wait, it’s not just about keywords in general like accounting or website design.

The program is designed to watch for those generalities. You will need to get more creative about the keywords you use on your resume, even an executive resume. Use keywords that list a number of different job skills.

Make sure you have researched the job position well and if you do have the skills, be sure to list something about the job requirements on your resume.

Again, make sure your years of experience in a related field match the job requirements so you don’t have your resume kicked out.

It is also a good idea to have a resume writing service work out the details for you. They will know just what to do to get past the computer screeners and get your resume in the right hands.

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One word…KEYWORDS. Always make sure you are using keywords taken right from the job posting/requirements.


Thanks for your comment, Ken. I agree, you don’t have to “oversaturate” your resume with keywords, however, you do need to make sure you have the right ones.

~ Ava

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