Resume and CV tips
Tips to help you get past automated resume filters
- Remember that even if you have a personal connection through your network, your resume / CV will
typically need to be submitted to the company’s ATS.
- Add a keywords section for keywords that may not fit. Name this section "Skills" or "Relevant Skills."
- Consider including section headers in ALL CAPS to make it easy for the applicant tracking system to
categorize the information.
- If you are working towards a certification that is a requirement for the position, do include it on the
resume / CV -- but make sure you include a phrase such as "Pursuing (name of credential)."
- If given the choice, do upload your resume rather than cutting pasting sections into text boxes. When it
is eventually forwarded to a human, it will look much more appealing.
- Use the exact job title on the resume / CV if possible.
- Include months in dates.
- Use the full, spelled-out version terms in addition to abbreviations and acronyms [i.e., Certified Public
- Tailor each resume according to the most repeated skills and keywords found at Jobscan.
- Include skills you don't possess on the resume / CV as an attempt to "trick" the applicant tracking
system into selecting you. Anything on your resume / CV needs to be substantiated in an interview, or
increasingly in a skills-based test before you interview.
- Upload only a PDF version of your resume as tables and complex formatting may be broken.
- Use company-specific jargon that outsiders would not know about.
- Use a one-size-fits-all resume for multiple jobs.