Let's talk about getting ghosted—by your dream job.
You scoured LinkedIn, found the perfect position, typed a cover letter, and fixed your resume. Heck, you even used Canva to make the design stand out. Yet, your eyes still skim over the third message this week, reciting some recycled pleasantries like: "Unfortunately, we've decided to pursue a different candidate at this time."
And that's if you even get a response.
We get it; it happens to the best of us, but what if we told you it didn't have to?
The solution: keywords.
In the same way, you may now be utilizing AI to help you write papers on that one required reading you skimmed; employers are using technology to help them find the perfect fit.
Approximately 75 percent of employers and a staggering 98.8 percent of Fortune 500 companies have are using Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) and Recruiting Management Systems (RMS).
What does that looks like? That means hiring managers swipe through applications like you swipe through dating apps – spending only 7 seconds per each person.
But don’t worry; we’re here to help you make the most out of those 7 seconds.
Think of them as cheat codes for your job hunt – these advanced programs are programmed to spot specific keywords in resumes, like digital treasure hunters. Like most technology, we can make them work towards our advantage. The key is knowing the formula.
The Magic Number: 25-30 Keywords
(Bare with us while we do some simple math)
25 keywords + optimize resume formatting = a job interview.
Same as in math, there can be a few ways to get to your solution. There are two types of keywords you can use to help your resume stand out: job-related skills and action verbs. The former highlights your core competencies, while the latter showcases your past achievements. For the perfect resume, you’re going to want to sprinkle both throughout.
So what does that look like? Here are some keywords you can sprinkle throughout your resume depending on your industry.
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