Whether you are starting from scratch or giving your resume an overhaul, you might be thinking about what recruiters and hiring managers would like to see. Often a resume acts as a candidate’s first impression, so it’s important to present the right information in the best manner possible. Below we’ll offer tips and advice for crafting a resume that will convert for you.
In terms of file format, stick with a Word .doc or .docx. Long gone are they days when PDFs were preferred for maintaining your clean margins and visually pleasing white space. ATS doesn’t care about any of that—but should you land an interview in a creative position, you might bring along with you a fancier PDF version of your resume printed on classy 24 lbs. bond paper.
Candidates with less experience might opt for a functional work history instead. A functional work history highlights skills and abilities. Instead of listing positions held, a candidate would organize skills by theme, and under each theme, provides specific examples of projects they completed that honed that specific skill set. Skills might include “Administrative” or “Problem Solving” or “Project Management” and specify tasks related to development.
Broadly speaking, tech recruiters program ATS queries and filters to look for candidates’ years of experience, job titles, industry verticals, hard skills, and proficiency with the tools for the job. A vast majority of the time what the recruiters enter into the system is pulled directly from the job description. Therefore, it serves candidates to tailor their resume to the job description, making sure that you speak to your skills, experience, work history, and previous job titles to match what the job description wants from the candidate.
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