Kudos to Jean Cummings on a nice post updating her
Resumes are confusing sometimes in the sense that some
reviewers wish one page only and others look for a detailed
chronological flow. Some writers find it hard to figure out
what not to include if we have been doing work in several
areas or several projects.
As Jean and others have pointed out, many Internet submissions
use Applicant Tracking Systems ATS to match to keywords
and also explore your online presence. The keywords will be
examined as they are in an accomplishment context. (i.e., not
“just listing” keywords, as might have been done earlier.)
- Please consider refraining from using Word tables, graphs, headers
footers, etc. as they don’t always translate in an upload.
- Jean and others suggest saving as .doc and .txt and uploading the
latter to save format arrangement for easy reading. (If the instructions
specify .pdf or .doc it is wise to use the specified format.)
- Jean suggests using ’simple form bullets’ rather than stylized ones.
- ATS scanners recognize standard headings and not novel ones
- Jean recommends not using full formal address unless restricted
to a geographical area. We agree on listing Internet profile addresses
- Jean points out using a job description in the experience section
where keywords can be inserted. It might be that accomplishments
can provide the point of inclusion in technical resumes, detailing
the technical skill provided in the Highlights or Qualifications section.
- Abbreviations or acronyms seem to be part of technical resumes.
The first time one is used the full text name should be given along
with the shortened version.
- Consider including separate documents for depth of :
papers, patents and presentations
management summary and
other items Don Straits lists in his resume suggestions.
keeps the “resume” shorter and readable and allows us to
expand on related items. Keep the summary brief.
Of course Internet profiles will do a similar task in providing
breadth and currency of activities.