I look at hundreds of resumes each week. The overwhelming majority of them are poorly written and most have formatting problems. Most job seekers write their resumes with the thought that recruiters print them off and review them on paper. Nothing could not be further from the truth.
The majority of resumes that are submitted to companies online are reviewed online after they have been automatically entered the company’s applicant tracking software. If your resume includes symbols such as bullets, arrows or checkmarks, there is a strong chance that these symbols may not be interpreted properly by applicant tracking software. A bullet may come through as a question mark when viewed by the software. Also, if your resume includes blocks of content such as testimonials or qualifications that appear outside of the normal formatting of a resume, the integrity of that formatting may not be upheld.
Some candidates make the mistake of including their contact information (name, street address, email address and telephone number) in the header of their resume. Information contained in the header or footer of a resume constructed in Microsoft Word often times is not recognized by applicant tracking software. Your resume will be parsed into the system without any contact information.
Applicant tracing software cannot read scanned resumes. The software considers these as photographs. Generally, resumes that are submitted in a .pdf format have a much lower chance of being parsed correctly that resumes written in Microsoft Word.
✔ To Do: Craft your resume in Microsoft Word and try to use only characters in the alpha-numeric keyboard without the use of symbols.
✔ Don’t Do: Get cute with the formatting.
✔ Call another three friends today and let them know you are in job transition.
Let’s talk about nutrition. If you don’t already, going forward, I want you to eat breakfast every day. I suggest eating a serving of fruit, fiber and protein. Consult your doctor regarding any food allergies that you may have. If you think people have opinions about your resume, they have even more opinions about what you should eat. Stop drinking soft drinks and start drinking water.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. – Mark Twain