As a recruiter currently working on the corporate side of the business, I know first hand how the resume screening process works at mid to large sized organizations. The reality is that the first layer of screening that your resume goes through is often an automated screening done by a computer versus an actual human being. Many applicant tracking systems include an automated screening tool that helps ensure that only the target resumes are getting through to the “human” recruiters to scrutinize. Many job seekers are aware of this and consequently have taken steps to make sure that their resumes are jam packed with keywords. In fact, some candidates even make a “keyword” section of their resume and load up on the buzz words of the day. This technique has worked well over the past decade put as the screening software technology gets better the way keywords are presented on your resume will have to change with the times.
The resume keyword game is changing. The latest applicant tracking systems are employing sophisticated contextualized resume screening. Simply stated, this means that the keywords will be weighted in the context to the entire resume. This is far superior to keyword matching technology as the keywords will now be judged on how long ago the experience was acquired and how it relates to the career path. For example, the “system” will now be able to make a judgement and rate a resume a better match if the experience is current versus experience that may have been used 10 years ago.
I don’t want this to come off as a sales pitch, but the reality is as the computer screeners become more advanced, the need for an experienced resume writer who understands how to get your resume past the “computer gatekeeper” and then the “human gatekeeper” becomes more important then ever.
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