Some New Science Behind Resumes

Job searching has changed with the new additions of keywords, social resumes, applicant tracking systems and LinkedIn. Each system has a unique affect on the way your resume is read, interpreted, and shared. Arshad Chowdhury, CEO of a tech recruiting agency, explains that your potential employers use these systems to make finding the right candidates easier, so it’s pertinent for a successful job-seeker to know how everything works.

His first insight is that all resumes end up in the same pile. When you upload a resume to job board like Monster or Dice, that upload goes to a lot of places–once of which is a huge database that can be accessed by thousands of recruiters and hiring companies. These companies do their part by gathering all those resumes, compiling them into one archive, and making the data searchable for recruiting companies.

What does this mean for you? First, the odds of getting hired strictly off your resume are slimmer than ever, unless you have highly desired technical skills. Also, it means you may need to update your resume.

Chowhurdy also observed that employers are searching for new hires by searching keywords. Optimize this new trend by ‘keyword packing’ your resume. This involves matching the words in your resume with words that employers might use in a search. Also, add a section to your resume called “Keywords” and place it at either the top under your name and contact info or at the very bottom (add these to your social media accounts, too).

Although our world is driven mostly by technology, just because it looks really good on your computer doesn’t mean it’ll look good to your buddy’s rich dad. The margins will be too wide, font will be very small, and there will likely be too much text. Create a separate, tangible version of your resume and always have a cover letter.