Why Resume Optimization Matters
The more effectively you can tailor your resume for a specific job, the better your chances are. Generic resumes are a dime a dozen, and unlikely to do well in an ATS. Using Jobscan’s resume analysis tool, you can easily optimize your resume and make yourself a top candidate.
Jobscan is a tool that gives job seekers an instant analysis of how well their resume is tailored for a particular job, along with how it can be even better optimized for an applicant tracking system (also known as an ATS).
Just visit Jobscan and either upload (Word or PDF files) or paste in the text of your resume, plus the text of the job posting you’re interested in.
The resume match rate is a score, on a scale of 0 to 100 percent, of how well your resume matches up with the job description you selected. Jobscan recommends aiming for a match rate of 80%.
Your match rate is based on these four priorities, in order:
- Hard skills
- Education level (only when an advanced degree is included in the job description)
- Soft skills
- Other one-word keywords
Resume word count, job description word count, and measurable results are not factored into the match rate.
When you scan your resume, you may find that there are 15 or more missing skills. Do not feel the need to include every single one of those skills in your resume. Rather, focus your efforts on hard skills, especially the hard skills that occur frequently, as those will having more impact on your match rate. Hiring managers and recruiters search for hard skills, such as “CRM software,” much more often than they do soft skills, such as “passion” or “verbal communication.”
In the case that you’ve included all the skills in the job description and you still have not reached 80%, double up on a few hard skills in your resume even if it occurs only once in the job description.
For more specialized tips, fill out your profile. It is located in the drop down menu, and provides Jobscan with information including your industry and your position in the job search process. With a complete profile, Jobscan’s suggestions become more targeted to you personally.
Results and Findings
The longer a job description is, the better Jobscan can parse skills and keywords for analysis.
Measurable results are a crucial part of effective resumes. Anyone can list what their job duties were; recruiters and hiring managers want to see what someone’s real contributions were. Turn your tired, vague bullet points into compelling accomplishments. Quantifiable results are specific statements such as “increased sales by 40 percent in 18 months” or “decreased delivery time by 30 hours per week, resulting in a savings of $145,000 per month.” Most candidates can list what they did, but few list measurable accomplishments.
One of Jobscan’s newest features is the ability for users to add the company name or web address for each job. The more information we get on different companies, the more specific our suggestions and ATS knowledge for each company can be.
Each ATS views and interprets your resume differently. For example, some ATS recognize plural versions of a keyword as a match, while others do not. Jobscan allows you to enter the company’s name and web address to give you ATS-specific suggestions.
This feature does not yet match all companies, but coverage will continue to grow over time.
Resume Word Count
Many ATS use something called signal-to-noise ratio, which means that pertinent information is compared to irrelevant information. So, using less text can actually help increase your resume’s relevance. As a rule of thumb, aim for a one-page resume if you have zero to 10 years of work experience. If you have more than 10 years of work experience, you can use a two-page resume—but only if you have enough quality content to require two pages. If you pad your resume with fluff, a hiring manager might miss important information. If you are in academia, you’ll use a curriculum vitae (CV) instead, which can be much longer. Many countries outside the U.S. have their own resume practices—for example, longer resumes are the norm in Australia.
Skills and Keywords
The skills comparison does exactly what it sounds like: it compares the skills listed in the job description to those listed on your resume. The keyword comparison compares the one-word terms found in the job description to the ones used on your resume. Most ATS consider frequency a factor—the more often a skill or keyword appears, the more important it is deemed—and that is reflected in the match rate.
Jobscan weighs hard skills much more heavily than soft skills and one-word keywords. You’ll get the best results from spending the majority of your effort on working hard skills into your resume.
Jobscan also allows you to “exclude skills” while scanning your resume, for example, when they are not relevant to your experience.
If a job description lists a skill in the plural form, such as “monthly audits,” and your resume lists it in the singular form (“monthly audit”), the two skills will not be seen as a match. That’s because most ATS do not consider singular and plural forms as the same word (an ATS called Greenhouse is one exception).
Jobscan built a switch you can toggle (above image) if you’d like to see singular and plural forms of keywords counted as the same keyword (but remember, most ATS see them as different words).
Read more here.
Many users requested the ability to have Jobscan’s tool recognize singular and plural forms as the same skill. We built a switch you can toggle to see how your match rate might change if plural and singular forms of keywords were recognized as the same—but remember, the overwhelming majority of ATS on the market do not recognize different forms of a keyword as the same keyword.
Jobscan premium members also have access to live scoring. Live scoring gives you suggestions to improve your match rate as you make updates to your resume in real time. It also shows the estimated impact of for each soft skill and hard skill on your match rate.
On your results page, you’ll find a list of jobs with similar skills to those found in the job description (this list is generated based on skills, not job titles). These job listings are from Indeed.com, the largest job aggregator on the web. Based on the location of your computer’s IP address, the list produces jobs within a 25-mile radius.
Jobscan’s scan history saves previous scans, stars jobs you are most interested in, lets you view previous versions of your resume and saves previous job descriptions.
Now, when you scan your resume, you can choose to make it visible by recruiters that Jobscan plans to partner with in the near future. Not only will you be improving your resume, but you’ll actually be applying for future jobs at the same time.
You can even track your interviews in your scan history. Organizing your job search with timestamps will make you more productive.
Most job boards only show you jobs based on your job title, what you enter in, and your location. We find that limiting. We believe a more relevant job is based on your entire skillset instead of simply a job title. At the end of the day , a project manager in construction is very different from a project manager in IT.
The Job Matcher expands your job recommendations using Indeed.com–the primary job search tool by most job seekers–to suggest jobs based on the top keywords in your resume and the jobs you’ve been scanning against. You can even dynamically see job recommendations by simply adding and removing skills from the filter bar to your left.
Jobscan Job Matcher is an intelligent job board that matches based on the skillsets of your resume and job descriptions instead of simple matches. The more preference you tell Jobscan, the more relevant your job recommendations are.
Jobscan’s Learning Center contains resources to help you on your job search, beginning to end.
It includes a search to help you find the most relevant resources in our archive of hundreds of articles on resumes, ATS’s and job searches.
How to get started
Signing up for a Jobscan account is much simpler than most other online signups; all you have to do is enter your email address and a password (adding your ZIP code is optional).
Once you’re signed up, you’ll be able to choose from three different membership levels. The first option is free, and offers 5 resume match rate calculations per months, 5 skill comparisons per month, and 5 keyword comparisons per month.
The second option is free for one month, and $89.95 for three months. Plus, the first month is free, so it works out to being four months for $89.95 total ($22.48/month). If you cancel within your free month, you won’t be charged at all. This route offers unlimited resume match rate calculations, skill comparisons, and keyword comparisons.
The third option offers the same benefits as the second option, but at the price of $49.95 each month. This is a great option if you’re only looking to use the service on a month-to-month basis, or don’t think you’ll be job searching for longer than two months total. No matter what membership option you choose, Jobscan offers 10 free scans for every friend you invite who joins Jobscan (up to 10 friends or 100 scans).
If you’re starting your resume from scratch, or need to brush up on the best practices of resume writing, take a look at Jobscan’s complete resume writing guide for tips.