Thursday, March 15, 2018


READ THE JOB DESCRIPTION - Before you tailor the resume, read the job description to ensure that your key terms, qualifications and successes are consistent with the requirements.  One fatal mistake that job seekers make is to keep their resume at "15+ years" when the posting specifically says "10+ years".  It is ethical and truthful to change your resume to read "10+ years" or "progressive, successful career growth".  Do not eliminate yourself because of age!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Electronic Pile

If you are ready this on March 4, it is Sunday.  I know you are anxious to send out resumes but honestly, unless the recipient knows you, wait until Monday.  You will just be another applicant in the "electronic pile".

Thursday, March 1, 2018


ATS Tip - CAREER CHANGERS - Be certain that your resume has information relevant to the direction that you are taking, including accomplishments and key words that are applicable to the job your are applying.  I know this makes the challenge of a new career path harder for career changers.  However, career changers need to concentrate on networking as opposed to blindly submitting resumes to job boards and company websites  - where the response rate is 3% - 5%.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

ATS Tip - Address

ATS Tip - Address - Many programs will reject your resume without a postal address (always include the zip code). Locations / zip codes may even be included as keywords. Since most ATS algorithms do not read headers and footers, make sure your address is not within them.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

ATS Tip - Reverse Chronological Resume

ATS systems tend to grab information in predictable locations of the resume. To maximize your chances that the resume will be imported into the ATS properly use a reverse chronological resume format. This is preferred by ATS systems and makes it easy for the recruiter to find your information.

Source: Career Directions International

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

ATS Tip - Fonts

Use common fonts, using black ink for the body of the resume – Times New Roman, Arial, Georgia, Impact, Courier, Lucinda, and Tahoma.  Avoid underlining words, which can distort the legibility of lower case letters.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

More on ATS -

More on ATS - Applicant Tracking System (ATS),is a software application widely used by medium and large employers, hiring portals and recruiting companies. There are 100+ versions out there ranging from cheap and clunky ‘do nothing’ software products.  According to studies, 75% of all resumes are rejected.  Root causes:  format (recommendation - stay away from graphically designed resumes as well as lack of proper use of key terms. I am posting about ATS for the rest of the month, sometimes 2x per day when time allows.  Please let back for more details.