Falling into a scraper when describing skills, experience, or adding keywords to your resume? We know what to do.
The survey revealed the 3 main resume writing difficulties faced by American job seekers :
- Adding the correct keywords – for 30% of participants.
- A story about achievements in previous jobs – for 29%.
- Ensuring that the resume is on ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) – 25% of those surveyed.
- Attempts to maintain a certain amount of resume text – 15%.
Next, we present the stages of creating a resume, where the applicant may have difficulties, the results of the survey, as well as tips that will help you cope with difficulties.
Description of previous experience and achievements
At this stage, 26% of applicants face difficulties .
To simplify the description of work experience, a simple approach to this process will help – go chronologically, but in the opposite direction: from a recent place of work to the very first. With this description, the recruiter sees the most relevant information (your previous job) first.
Topical advice about describing achievements is to use numbers. Remember how many percent the company’s profits have increased thanks to your work, how many important projects you have successfully brought to completion, how many wonderful articles have come out of your pen
The principle “brevity is the sister of talent” also works in describing the experience.
Keep your experience and skills short, clear and simple, while keeping your tone friendly and not overly numbers – let your employer see your personality.
It can be difficult for 15% of respondents to share what useful skills they have .
This may be due to the fact that in the part of the resume about skills you need to praise yourself a little and because of this the applicant feels awkward. A creative approach to describing skills can help avoid the feeling that you are evaluating yourself while adding important information about your personality to your resume.
We propose to discard all these outdated “sociability, resistance to stress, quick learning” and write in simple words, focusing on facts. For example:
“I know 5 programming languages.
“I’ve worked in large teams, I can communicate with different people.
“I can customize 7 types of lathes.”
A short story about yourself
Briefly telling about yourself in the resume is difficult for 28.5% of applicants .
And this is not strange, because often a resume starts with a short description of a specialist, and if the applicant does not know how to describe himself in a few words, the whole process of creating a resume can stall.
Find some interesting facts about yourself as a specialist and describe them, without forgetting about the employer.
Shortening and structuring the resume
Structuring information and shortening the text of the resume is inconvenient for 10% of applicants .
At the same time, it is still worth thinking about the convenience of the reader, that is, the recruiter, when creating a resume. Structure your text – use lists and subheadings in reasonable amounts.
As for the length: the resume of specialists with experience usually takes 2 pages, and with no experience or with minimal experience – one.
Adding keywords, information that will help you find resumes in HR programs
Attempts to make the document more attractive for the recruiter’s software, as well as add keywords to the resume is a pain of 21.5% of respondents.
There are 2 difficulties with keywords:
- the first is to determine what keywords should be on your resume;
- the second is to fit them there organically.
When defining “keywords” it is advised to think not about the field of work, but about a specific position. Read the vacancies for the desired position and note what requirements they have (proficiency in certain programs, knowledge of a foreign language, and so on). This will help you find the words and phrases you need.
For keywords to work on a resume, it’s not enough just to list them. You need to write your resume text so that the keywords are an organic part of it, and not just a postscript in parentheses.
Use them in describing experience, skills, achievements. Avoid long lists of core competencies that consist only of keywords: more is not always better.