Did you know that most resumes don't make it past the initial resume screening stage?

This is because employers use resume screening software, often called applicant tracking systems (ATS), to automatically weed out applicants that don't appear to be a good match for the job.

Typically, only around ten percent of resumes make it past this automated filter. So, how do we make sure we are in this ten percent?

It all boils down to keywords. Before that, let's explain how these automated systems work.

Applicant Tracking Systems, or ATS, check if your resume contains the right keywords. For example, let's say you are applying to a programming job that requires you to know how to code in 'HTML'.

If you don't include 'HTML' on your resume, it's likely that your resume will be automatically filtered out by an ATS in this example. To get past the ATS and into the hands of a hiring manager, you want to include the keyword 'HTML'.

You're probably wondering - how do you find the keywords to include into your resume?

It all starts with the job description! The job description contains a list of all requirements and keywords.

However, job descriptions are typically several paragraphs long - obviously you shouldn't just be copy and pasting the job description into your resume.

Instead, you should use our new tool, the Job Description Keyword Finder, to find and generate the right keywords from the job posting. Here are a few screenshots:

The Job Description Keyword Finder highlights important keywords from the job description
The Keyword Finder also compares your resume's keywords to the job description's keywords.

It's totally free, so please try it out and let us know your feedback! Note this is the same as our Targeted Resume too, except with some minor language changes to suit a wider audience!

Resources: Job Description Keyword Finder