Welcome to Jobscan. My name is Sydney and I’m going to show you a full walkthrough of the Jobscan Match Rate report.
After you scan your resume and the job listing for the job you want to apply for, you’ll see your Match Rate Report.
Jobscan gives you an instant analysis of how well your resume is tailored for a particular job and how to optimize it for applicant tracking systems or ATS.
The Match Rate you see here is based on how well your resume matches up with the job description you entered. We recommend aiming for a match rate of 75% or higher.
The first section you’ll see is Searchability. Since companies use applicant tracking systems to track and manage candidates, you want to make sure that your resume can be understood by that system. Remember, it’s a computer, so it doesn’t read documents the way humans do. If a recruiter uses an ATS to search for certain keywords or filter candidates by experience, you want to make sure the ATS understands that those keywords are on your resume and that you match the search parameters.
If you see a notice to add missing scan information, all you have to do is type in the url from the company website for the job you’re applying for. The Jobscan system will automatically detect which ATS that company is using and give you guidance on how to optimize your resume accordingly.
The report will also tell you if other important resume text like contact info, education info, and dates are searchable.
The next two sections on your Match Rate Report show you hard and soft skills that are listed in the job description. Hard skills especially play a major role in hiring decisions, so adding the skills listed here have a high impact on your Match Rate.
The report will show you how many times a skill is mentioned in the job description and how many times it’s mentioned on your resume. You can click on a skill to see it in the context of the job description. That might help you better understand exactly what the recruiter will be looking for. You might also see Predicted Skills in this list. Our system is trained to predict skills that a hiring manager might look for based on the kind of job you’re applying for. These skills aren’t in the job description, but they are commonly mentioned in similar job descriptions, so you might consider adding them to your resume.
If you see a skill that you know isn’t relevant, you can click on Report and have it excluded from your report. When you do that, your Match Rate will actually go up because you aren’t being penalized for not including the skill on your resume.
The Soft Skills section functions the same way.
Try to match the tenses of each word exactly. Some ATSes don’t understand similar words, so if your resume includes the plural version of a word and the recruiter searches for the singular version, your resume might not show in the search results.
Use these skills lists as a guide for optimizing your resume for an ATS, but also the recruiter. Rather than simply writing these words on your resume, use the skills list to inform what you highlight in your work experience section, what measurable results you talk about, and what projects you focus on.
There are other keywords listed as well. These include company-specific jargon, buzzwords, or industry lingo. Including them might help your resume get noticed, but these keywords have a low score impact.
Next, you’ll see Recruiter tips. We surveyed professional recruiters and got their feedback on what they look for in a resume. Remember, after optimizing for an ATS, you also need to optimize for the human who is reading your resume. Is there enough information? Do you include measurable results? These tips do not impact your match rate because they apply to every single job you apply for.
Lastly, we’ll check your formatting to make sure it’s ATS-friendly and human-friendly. Use these tips to make sure the ATS can correctly parse the text on your resume and that the recruiter or hiring manager can easily read the text.
As you follow these tips, your Match Rate will increase.
Jobscan includes several tools to help job seekers get more interviews, including cover letter optimization, LinkedIn optimization, and more. We’ll discuss these features in separate videos.
Get your free match rate report today at jobscan.co.