What Gets Your Resume to the Hiring Manager?

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Beat the ATS by tweaking your resume with these simple tips. [TWEET]

By Ryan Winner

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Many companies use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to sort through resumes and streamline their hiring process. These systems scan resumes for keywords that are inputted into for specific hiring positions. Then, resumes are scored on a scale of 0 to 100 for relevance. Only the resumes with the highest scores are passed on to recruiters. 

The main takeaway from this information is that the right choice of keywords will ultimately be the deciding factor on whether you advance in the job searching process.

Here are a few tips on how you can tweak your resume so that it reaches the hiring manager. 

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Powerful Phrases That Will Transform Your Resume

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Optimize your resume with words that will showcase your true value to recruiters. [TWEET]

By Jung Viera

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Here’s the harsh truth: the average recruiter spends less than six seconds scanning a resume before making an initial decision on a candidate.

If you want to capture employers’ attention, you’ll need a well-written and well-organized document that clearly illustrates your qualifications. Not only is it imperative you have the desired experience and skillset, but you also need precise terminology to properly showcase your experience and skills.

Need help deciding which words or phrases should and should not be included on your resume? Check out this guide below:

Topics: Job Application, Resume, CareerAdvice

6 Amazing Tools to Create Perfect Digital Resumes and Portfolios

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Create game-changing job application documents with these 6 digital profile tools. [TWEET]

By Robert Morris

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With so much competition for job placement these days, the need to stand out has never been more prevalent. A resume and cover letter simply aren’t enough. Fortunately for the job seeker, the hunt for a good career can be simplified with the abundance of digital resume and portfolio platforms at our disposal.

Topics: Job Application, Resume

9 Resume-Building Tools to Update Your Resume in a Snap

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Employers only spend about 6 seconds looking at each resume. So how do you make a lasting impression? [TWEET]

10_Resume-_Building_Tools_1The first thing recruiters see when they evaluate candidacy is your resume. On just one sheet of paper you have to fit what you’re all about, and more importantly, why they should pick you.

At TheLadders, we know how difficult this is and dug up some of the most useful tools on the Internet that will not only provide inspiration, but also help you construct or update your resume effortlessly.

Topics: Job Application, Resume, Motivation and Inspiration

8 Essential Tips for Writing Your Resume

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Sell your hard skills effectively with these resume writing tips. [TWEET]

By Andy Preisler

How much time does a recruiter spend reviewing a potential hire? 60 seconds? 30 seconds? 10 seconds?

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Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of job seekers are granted even less. On average, employers only spend about six seconds reviewing a resume before making the initial decision on a candidate. So what’s the key to securing an interview? Having a well-written, compelling resume.

Topics: Resume, Job Search Process

5 Free Resume Tools Every Job Seeker Should Know About

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Use these free resources to create outstanding resumes and develop your personal brand. [TWEET]

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Perhaps you haven’t updated your resume or cover letter in a while. You may be unsure of which experiences and skills should be highlighted and which should be omitted. You might also be unaware of some of the resume rules and media trends that will put you in the best position for success.

A stellar resume, cover letter, and list of references are crucial to finding a job, but not enough to really set you apart in a highly competitive market. This is why a solid personal branding strategy is so integral to getting your foot in the door, and hopefully into the interview rooms, of your target companies.

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5 tips to create an effective resume

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Your resume structure matters, so follow these tips -- don't burden your potential employer with a jumbled list of your work history! [TWEET]

By Cari Bennette

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Writing a resume involves more than simply listing job experiences and education. It must be a clear representation of you as a professional: including your skillset, qualifications and career goals.

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Simple Microsoft Word tricks to improve your resume

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Start your job search on the right foot with a clean, easy-to-read resume. Here’s how to make it. [TWEET]

By Asante Jarvis

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Everyone knows that a strong resume can propel you ahead of the competition. However, even if you have the proper qualifications, arranging your information in a neat, organized format is still important. The clearer and more concise your resume, the better. Optimizing your resume to ensure cohesiveness is a necessary step if you want employers to actually read it and consider you for the position.

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How to write the perfect resume to make a career change

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Considering a career change? Here's how to rewrite your resume to make the switch. [TWEET]

Writing a resume can be an intimidating undertaking, and this is especially true if you’re planning to change careers or industries. If you’re interested in making a career transition, a resume revamp is imperative. 

I shared with Business Insider’s Jacquelyn V. Smith a sample resume and my top tips for someone making a career change. Here are the main takeaways:

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7 little changes that'll make a big difference with your resume

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Wondering how to get recruiters to notice your application? We're sharing the seven secrets to a more powerful resume. [TWEET]

By Elizabeth Becker 

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Like it or not, your application to your dream job isn’t going straight to the person hiring for the role. Instead, it has to pass through a gatekeeper—typically someone in HR—who is responsible for vetting resumes before passing them along to the very busy hiring manager. This is the speed-dating round: You have only a few seconds to make a good impression or risk getting tossed into the reject pile.

If you do make a good impression, a hiring manager will look at your resume like they might an online dating profile. They know exactly what they’re looking for in a candidate, and a few misused words on your profile (or resume) could cost you your chance at the position. Even though you liked the company enough to send the first message, you’ll receive the dreaded “thanks, but no thanks” email in return that will have you wondering where you went wrong.

So how does your resume attract enough attention to get invited on a first date, i.e. interview? Here are seven little changes that will make a big difference on your resume.

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