We all know that a well-written resume is the way to go when applying for jobs. Every day, all across the world, job seekers email resumes to what seems like thousands of companies along with a litany of other applicants. And aside from getting a response from the recruiter, never get to see what’s happening on the other end- and how they can use it to their advantage.
One thing you don’t see is that most recruiters use a software-based keyword search to find qualified applicants and save time. Some know them as ‘resume robots’- or less affectionately as, ‘the bots’.
High-end job-seeker platform The Ladders.com gives this example of how it works:
“Employers often use Boolean searches to seek local professionals. For example, if a company wants to hire a project manager in the Dallas area, it may conduct a search that looks like this:
” ‘project manager’ AND Dallas.”
This means all resumes not including these two words are automatically eliminated.
Translation: If you indicated keywords that are relevant to the job post being filled, then it’s very likely that your resume will make it to the hiring manager’s desk.
Who-and what-really matters
Most people are trying to figure out what the ‘bots’ are thinking. Others are burning the midnight oil trying to decode the HR folks. More are obsessing over how to write the perfect resume.
However, no one seems to be trying to get inside the head of the one who matters most… Continue reading