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You know how important keywords are for both human readers and electronic eyes scanning your resume. If you don not include those all-important terms, you may be perceived as unqualified and your resume may be passed over. Do not let that happen to you!. Look for opportunities to introduce keywords throughout your resume. You can create a Core Competencies or Professional Skills Summary at the top, but that is not enough. You want keywords to be prevalent throughout every section of your resume. Look at Leslies resume. When you read her Professional Experience section, you find a wealth of HR keywords in every sentence. What is more, her resume is not loaded with lengthy responsible for statements. Rather, the keywords are seamlessly integrated into all of her achievement bullets so that readers gain clear and compelling evidence of her HR activities, expertise and value. Next, look at Lorettas resume. One of the first things you notice in the Professional Experience section are the bold keywords at the start of each bullet point. This is a very effective strategy both for increasing the keyword density of your resume and for making your resume highly skimmable. Readers immediately gain a sense of your expertise from a quick keyword scan, setting you apart from the competition.
Stop fiddling with the margins. Lees says the days of a one-page resume are over: It used to be that you used a tiny font size and crammed in the information to make it fit. Nowadays, two or three pages is fine, but that is the limit: Any more than three and it shows that you can not edit. Heifetz agrees: I have never met a resume that fit on one page, even for a recent graduate. If you are going to tell a compelling story, you need more space. You can supplement what is on the page with links to your work but you have to motivate the hiring manager to take the extra step required. Tell them in a brief, one-line phrase what is so important about the work you are providing, says Heifetz. And stick to the most common fonts. It is not how fancy it is. It is how clear, clean, and elegant it is in its simplicity, says Heifetz. Vary the line length and avoid crammed text or paragraphs that look identical. The goal is to include enough white space so that a hiring manager wants to keep reading. For example, the opening summary could be three or four lines of text or two or three bullet points. It does not matter as long as it is easy to read, says Heifetz. It can be hard to be objective about your own experience and accomplishments. Many people overstate — or understate — their achievements or struggle to find the right words. Consider working with a resume writer, mentor, or a friend who can help you steer away from questions like, Am I good enough for this position? and focus on Am I the right person for the job? At a minimum, have someone else check your resume for logic, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Carrying on with our discussion of the importance of keywords, as an HR professional you have an advantage over most candidates. You have the opportunity to look, under the hood of an applicant tracking system (ATS) to see what happens in a typical keyword-driven resume review. Use that knowledge for your own benefit. Because there are so many ATSs, and because candidate searches are conducted by humans who have their own habits and preferences, you can not guarantee a perfect result from every ATS scan. But you can—and should—follow best practices for formatting your resume, integrating keywords and increasing keyword density. For example, in Lorettas resume you will note that the acronyms after her name are later spelled out fully in the appropriate section of the resume. SHRM-SCP becomes Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional under the Education & Professional Credentials section. This gives her a greater chance of being found in a computerized keyword scan, regardless of the exact term the hiring manager inputs for a specific search.
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