Today's job seekers need to think about one more type of audience when preparing their resume. In the past, one simply had to send their resume and a person would scan it, but today's employers are also relying on Applicant Tracking Systems. Related: 4 Quick Ways To Improve Your Executive Resume When you have both technology and the human reviewer looking at your resume, there are some things that need to be done differently on the resume. Here are common subtle mistakes people make that should be avoided:
1. Missing space between the slash (/).While you may think your resume is covering the bases by including key terms between slashes, it may actually be missing the mark when you don't have a space between it. For ex. “Financial Analyst/Business Analyst" looks fine to the human eye, but to the Applicant Tracking System, it does not recognize the “/" as a break between words if the search criteria the employer puts in is only for the terms “Financial Analyst" and “Business Analyst." You're better off adding a space before and after the “/," like “Financial Analyst / Business Analyst."
2. Listing more than one job title and employment periods under one employer.Applicant Tracking Systems have a method to scanning resumes. It looks for dates to locate job titles and employers. When you indicate multiple job titles and dates under one employer, it confused the ATS. Only list one period of employment with each employer like this:
- XYZ Company, Office Manager / Executive Assistant / Administrative Assistant (2010-Present)OR
- XYZ Company, Office Manager (2010-Present) Started as an Administrative Assistant and earned promotions to Executive Assistant and Office Manager.