You are listening to Trinity employment’s, a player matchmaker podcast starring your host and the cofounder of Trinity employment specialists, Cory Minter.
Hello and welcome back to the a player matchmakers where we’re always trying to find different ways to add value to job seekers and employers alike. The particular title of this podcast is going to be for your employees and it’s called how to write a resume to beat the robots. Why would I say robots? Are robots checking things out? Well, kind of with the bigger companies probably. Um, you know, a lot of people have spent hours looking at resume rotting advice. What’s funny to me is that when you ask the advice of some employer on resume writing or anything about resumes, I am blown away that literally everyone has their own opinion. Like there are very few people that you hear, even professionals that just agree. So trying to suffice everyone, be careful when you ask for advice. You just never know where someone’s gonna go with the top OKC Medical Staffing.
Even some, even some great professionals. Um, and so you might want to take a general approach to that, but you’re going to spend hours trying to get it right. Um, and when you send it to potential employers, you never hear anything back. Why does that sound familiar? Most likely your resume is not going to a hiring manager to begin with it. It may have gotten blocked by a lot of these robots that are out there. Um, and they’re, they’re going to be in applicant tracking systems, which we’re going to call ATSs. But, um, the applicant tracking system can sometimes just depending on how you have your resume set up, just put you in the big dark black coal and reformatting your resume to please this software. It may just be a good idea for you. And so that’s what we’re going to be talking about.
So what’s an applicant tracking system? It’s a kind of software that recruiters and employers use during the hiring process. It collects sorts, scans, ranks, job applicants for open positions. And today, according to, uh, according to, let’s see here, [inaudible] magazine, um, 98% of fortune 500 companies rely on ATS software to help them streamline recruitment processes. And it began as a recruitment solution for large employers and it turned into a commonplace tool for all companies of shapes and sizes and applicant tracking systems break down the content of a resume into categories and then they scan for specific keywords to basically make a decision on whether it should be transferred on to the hiring manager to, to basically radically reduce the amount of time a hiring manager is spent reading resumes that they have no business reading because they weren’t a good fit. Which by the way, I think that roughly 75% of resumes submitted for almost every position with good OKC Medical Staffing.
75% are not a good use of the recruiter’s time. And we, we deal with that here. We have some somewhat of an applicant tracking system, but we do not, we want every, we want human beings placing eyes on them because we strongly believe in the, uh, the ability to find someone that would be a good job transition. And we find really great career opportunities for people that they never would’ve thought of otherwise. And had we had the applicant tracking system, uh, make our decisions for us, we would never be able to do, use our discernment to help people get to a place that they never would have gotten without, uh, some of our talents. So that’s what, that’s why we do this. So how do you write an applicant tracking system? ATS friendly resume? Um, you’re gonna want to first select the right file. Type a PDF is generally, um, you know, it’s, it’s not an ATS friendly file type because it’s a picture.
So you’re going to prefer to upload your resume in a word document or a. Dot. Doc. Dot. D O S CX format. Um, plain text files also are very easy for them to read. Believe it or not, it doesn’t look very great. So I would, I would suggest you leave it in word a or a document or a dot doc, uh, format if possible. Um, but the problem with like a plain text file is once it gets sent to the human being, the human being is going to be like every human being on the planet. I mean, people make judgments based on appearance. They just do. Um, and they, they will and, and it’s not going to stop. It started thousands and thousands of years ago and it’s still going to be present, uh, as long as the future, as long as this world’s running. So you want to optimize your resume with keywords.
And I had a really, I had a good friend, um, bring up a really great idea for me on this heat. This guy is like a LinkedIn genius, spins all of his on LinkedIn, used to speak for Sherm on how to use LinkedIn until it became more of a mainstream. But he said one of the ways that you can get into an applicant tracking system and even use it on LinkedIn is to slow, is to reduce the size of your letters to as small as word will let you take it. And then type every keyword you can think of in just one line and have that one line go across the page and make it look like a line. Because if the font size is so small that there’s no way you could read it, it actually will look like a line and you’ll trick the robot or the applicant tracking system in into thinking, well, those are keywords in your resume because it’s not going to see how small the font is for your OKC Medical Staffing.
It’s going to see what is being said. So it’s actually going to read the keywords and it, but it looks like it’s aligned in your resume. I thought that was a very creative way. Another thing that they suggest that he suggested, he told me that a friend of his had the idea that you would literally make the font white and in the white space of the resume, um, put little text boxes with all your keywords in it so that when they print it out, they’re not going to see anything. And it’s not going to make it look weird, but you’re going to have, you can put literally your keywords all over that place and the applicant tracking system. It’s not going to, um, decipher whether it’s in white. The font was a white font. It’s just going to see it as an numerical, you know, it’s numbers, ones and zeros.
So anyway, um, I thought those were some really great ideas. But keywords, um, you can also strategically put them through the resume so that you get the hiring manager to start looking, uh, get the idea about you. So keywords, highlight your skills and experience from over the years. Um, and it does and it really helps define whether or not you make a good candidate for the position. Um, if you’re not sure which keywords to use, start by using three to five job postings for roles that interest you. And take a look at some of the common keywords in, uh, uh, play some of those, uh, job descriptions into a word cloud generator such as, uh, you know, uh, this particular article suggest wordy and it helps spot words that are appear most frequently. And then start realizing, Oh, well these are some of the action words that catch people’s attention for your OKC Medical Staffing.
Um, the sec, the next thing is, is you can use a simple clean resume design. Um, when it comes to resume design, less is more complex designs usually create just chaos. And especially when you’re getting your resume read, uh, by such a small, I mean it says that, um, 40% of hiring managers spend less than a minute reviewing your resume according to career builder. And if you think that’s bad, 25% percent spend less than 30 seconds. So having a complex resume format is really not going to be in your benefit there. Um, and they can annoy recruiters when it’s complex, uh, who can’t do their really quick scan of your resume. Most resumes fall into one of three categories. Functional, chronological, or hybrid functional resumes focused on your skills, qualifications, and the in chronological ones focused on your work history. I will tell you a functional style resume makes me think you’re trying to hide something, but if you ask someone else, they’re there for you with the top OKC Medical Staffing.
They’re going to have a different opinion. Opinions of resumes are just all over the place. Um, and everyone’s got one. Um, most applicant tracking systems do a better job at reading and interpreting chronological or hybrid resumes though this is because they rely on chronological data to parse the document. And so that helps you a lot when you’re formatting it. Not all applicant. Applicant tracking systems are able to read and parse information stored in the header and the footer. So make sure that you’re not putting in the header or the footer all of your action words. So it’s better to put your most important details such as contact information. Everything else outside of the header or footer. Um, bullet points are great for highlighting your accomplishments and qualifications. However, if you use an elaborate symbol, it really throws off, um, the applicant tracking system. Um, you know, stick to the most simple bullet points so it doesn’t throw them off for your OKC Medical Staffing needs.
And lastly, your resume, um, you can test your resume for ATS compliant. There’s a quick and easy way to determine if your resume is compatible with an applicant tracking system. Just copy the content of your resume and paste it into a plain text document and review the results. If the plain text version is missing details from your original resume or it has character saved incorrectly or just looks all scrambled, um, that’s probably going to be your best bet so you can beat the robots. If you follow these tips, um, uh, your resume is sure to fall into the right hands if you are sending it for the right position. I think this is helpful for a lot of people because good grief, trying to figure out all the new disruptors in our field is difficult and as a staffing firm, we’re always trying to do the best that we can to help other people out. That’s what we want to do. We want to be a staffing firm that genuinely helps and adds value to people. And I hope that you found that this is valuable if Trinity can help you in any way, shape or form with your job search. We are a staffing firm that really, truly cares about not just our customers, but also our employees. And you can read on our Google reviews any time about how we take care of our employees. Please visit us firstname.lastname@example.org or you can give us call at (918) 622-2588.