LIVE WEBINAR

Webinar for job seekers in 2022

Learn how to optimize your resume for the modern hiring process. Beat the bots, get the attention of hiring managers, and land the job you actually want.

Multiple dates available | Hosted by Wes Brach, founder of Ideal Resume

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"The part about the skills section blew my mind. Probably the most valuable advice I've ever had. Thank you!"
- Sarah G. past webinar attendee

What You'll Learn

Virtually anytime you apply to a job online your resume first goes to a piece of automated screening software before a human ever sees it. And, unless your resume contains what that software is looking for, it's unlikely a hiring manager will ever see it. That’s why landing a job requires an effective resume that can appeal to technology first (the ATS), and then to humans (Recruiters & Hiring Managers). Wouldn’t it be nice to know how your resume measures up before applying for your dream job?

In this webinar we'll introduce you to the latest technology designed for job seekers to increase the odds of having your resume seen by a hiring manager.

In This Webinar We'll...

  • Help you get past the ATS bots that keep 70% of applicants from ever being considered for an interview
     

  • Show you how to instantly score your resume against any job description using the same criteria as an employer’s ATS

  • Explain why where you place skills in your resume can make or break your application
     

  • What to avoid with resume templates

If you are frustrated with not getting callbacks on your resume, you’ll want to join us and gain insight into how you can better position your resume for success.

And, we have a very special offer for those attending the webinar… so sign up and stick around!

Read an edited transcript or watch a snippet from a past webinar below.

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Edited Transcript from Past Webinar on Skills in Your Resume:

When you submit your resume online there is an unseen process that takes place. In fact, there are visual clues that can alert you to the process. The next time you submit your resume to a job posting online take a look at the URL in your browser. Specifically note how to likely change to a name completely different from the company you are applying to after clicking the “apply now” button. It's likely the name of a type of automated human resources software known as applicant tracking systems or ATS for short. If you’re applying online, chances are the company is using an ATS. That’s because with online job listings come hundreds if not thousands of resume submissions from candidates. Far too many for the average HR department or hiring manager to manually read one by one. That's where an ATS comes in. An ATS is designed to filter and rank resumes in order to narrow the field. Why do companies need help filtering and ranking resumes? Here's an example, in 2020 alone IBM reportedly received 3 million resumes. No HR department has the resources to read 3 million resumes one by one. That's where applicant tracking systems come in. However these systems aren't perfect and they lead to unintended problems. Note how Harvard Business School recently described the situation:

“...These systems (ATS) are vital; however, they are designed to maximize the efficiency of the process. That leads them to hone in on candidates, using very specific parameters, in order to minimize the number of applicants that are actively considered. As a result, they exclude from consideration viable candidates whose resumes do not match the criteria.”

- Harvard Business School

What then can job seekers do to give themselves an edge? Start by ensuring your resume is setup to ensure you get full credit for your experience. A common practice that is actually a critical mistake for job seeker sis to list skills exclusively in a separate skills section ( see example below). Most applicant tracking systems (ATS) can actually match your skills to the job dates and compute your total years of experience for each skill and the date that you last used each skill. But if your skills are in a separate skills section to an ATS it looks like you have zero experience with those skills.

 

But if you’ve listed your most important skills in a separate skills section of your resume, you end up appearing to be a candidate with little to no experience. This is a critical mistake. But one that you can easily remedy. You can still use a separate SKILLS section on your resume, just be certain that you also include those same skills in the individual positions in your WORK EXPERIENCE.

 

For example, suppose your resume contains a separate SKILLS section where you have mentioned Microsoft Excel, but Microsoft Excel is not found in your WORK EXPERIENCE section. An ATS will label that skill something like this: Microsoft Excel, total months experience: 0 months. Whereas if you add Microsoft Excel into a position in your WORK HISTORY that ranged from January 2015 - January 2020 that same ATS will recognize and credit you as having 5 years experience with that skill.  Notice these 2 contrasting examples:

Example 1:

WORK EXPERIENCE
Acme Inc. | Director of Marketing | January 2015 - January 2020
Utilized Microsoft Excel to create and monitor budgets while identifying opportunities for a 15% reduction in costs.


Example 2:

SKILLS
Microsoft Excel | Quickbooks | Budgeting | Microsoft Office | Powerpoint


Example 1 would lead to 5 years of experience with Microsoft Excel being credited to you as a candidate. (Notice the years of experience we underlined in example 1 above) Example 2 would lead to zero years of experience with Microsoft Excel being credited to you because there are no dates for the ATS to associate with the skills listed in the SKILLS section. This same principle applies to any and all skills on your resume. Whenever possible, include your skills in the relevant WORK EXPERIENCE section of your resume and get full credit.
 

Learn about this and so much more by joining one of our upcoming webinars.

"Probably the most valuable advice I've ever had. Thank you!"
- Sarah G. past webinar attendee