Avoid Multiple Submissions
Avoid sending in
multiple copies of the same resume. Unless each resume you submit is tailored to be a good match
with the requirements of a particular job, sending in multiple resumes can work to your disadvantage.
Do not apply for jobs that are not a good match. You will tend to appear desperate.
Check for Keywords
In this context, keywords
are defined as words or short statements that describe important aspects of the job. Keywords are
found in job postings, job descriptions, job advertisements, postings, and the like. They are used
by humans and electronic systems to help screen resumes in order to determine if they are relevant
and warrant further review by a recruiter.
Avoid Abbreviations and Acronyms
Depending on the sophistication
of the applicant tracking system (ATS), the use of abbreviations or acronyms can cause suboptimal
screening of a resume. You want to capitalize on every advantage possible so it make sense to have
your resume as clear and concise as possible. Misspellings; especially of keywords, can have a similar
Watch out for Words with Double Meaning
systems often utilize spam filters to eliminate junk and offensive resumes. These resumes may end
up on a “black hole” never to be seen again. To avoid this happening to your resume,
be sure to review every word to be sure it doesn’t contain words that might be perceived as
offensive, pornographic, etc. This is especially important for words contained in document headings.
Fill in All Requested Information
When submitting a
resume via an online application process, it is usually best to provide all requested information;
even fields listed as optional. That way, if a particular recruiter screens resumes on optional
fields, you won’t find your resume overlooked because of a screening filter.
Keep Resume Formatting Simple
An applicant tracking
system may convert your resume into a more standardized machine-readable version. A highly formatted
resume or one with graphics or logos can cause unpredictable results. Don’t go overboard with
fancy formats or unusual character fonts, and use standard capitalization.
Adhere to Instructions
If you get
a follow-up email in response to a resume submission, adhere to the instructions provided regarding
actions you should take. Don’t circumvent their standard process in order to get noticed or
speed things up. You’ll most likely hinder your chances of being interviewed as opposed to
Reapply if Initially Rejected
An initial rejection
may simply mean an applicant tracking system didn’t find the right combination of words or
skill matches. Reapply after tweaking keywords, goals, achievements and the like. However; be careful
about making changes to your work history. This can raise a red flag. When reapplying, be sure to
use the same email address. Contact the recruiter and ask that your revised resume be reviewed for
the open position.
Things to Consider When Submitting an Online Resume
Resumes are often submitted online via job search, recruiting agency and employer websites. It is common for these sites
to use applicant tracking systems and other tools to manage the processing and screening of large volumes of resumes.
The above tips will help you understand some of the important factors that must be considered when submitting your resume
via a website or other online tool.