7 tips to create a job portal / ATS friendly resume

RECRUITMENT

1 Use the right keywords

The externals recruitment consultants and recruiters hiring in bulk are more likely to use keyword search on their data-bank to shortlist resumes – so ensure that your resume includes keywords that mostly appear in job descriptions.

The best way to figure out the right keywords is to go through the job postings on various job portals and find the commonalities. Use these keywords with action verbs & context to get shortlisted. Context is especially relevant to increase weight-age of keywords and increase the relevance of your resume.

PS: Keywords are usually hard skills, industry-specific qualifications, and job-specific terms employers look for in a job candidate

2 Formatting

Most of the parsing software’s find it difficult to read overly formatted documents. Try not to use headers / footers, tables, graphics & any other complicated formatting – overly formatted resume appears to be gabled text once parsed.

PS : Use rich text formatting & web-safe fonts like Arial, Georgia, Impact, Courier, Lucinda, Tahoma or Trebuchet. PDF and compressed files are not readable by most software’s.

3 Name your resume

Make your resume standout by using a simple naming technique – Fullname_Profile for which applied e.g. JohnDoe_Projectleader_CADServices.

4 Capitalization, spelling and grammar

The software will miss important keywords when they are misspelled. Similarly, wrong capitalization & grammar can confuse the software about where to end and begin a field.

5 Structure of resume

The most system friendly resume structure will have properly formatted contact information at the top

First Name Second Name

Street Address

State Zip Code

Telephone Number: Country Code City Code Number (+91 20 3333 3333)

Mobile Number: Country Code Number (+91 33 33 333333)

Customized career objective, key skills, education & work experience should follow. Ensure you do not use abbreviations in the resume as the software may not recognize it.

6 Appropriate heading

All information should fall under appropriate heading , otherwise software may get confused and put the information as incomplete. Don’t combine the headings/ categories like education & experience.

7 Get the experience counted

For each position held, even if it was within same company provide the following information

Company Name
Location
Dates
Job Title

This will help the software to recognize each job.Accomplishments should be under separate  header for each position.

Happy Job Hunting!!!