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A 2018 survey conducted by LinkedInfound that 67% of Human Resource professionals are using technology to help them save time during their advertising, hiring, and onboarding processes. In addition to that, it’s reported that 75% of submitted resumes are never read by a human 

As a job seeker, these numbers may seem scary, but there are plenty of things you can do to improve your chances. By making your resume AI-friendly you can make it easier for bots to understand your relevant skills and move you on to the next stage. 

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Four Ways to Make Your Resume AI-Friendly 

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Get to the Point 

As an applicant, it is natural to want to show employers that you’re a great team player and that you always go above and beyond. Bots, however, aren’t looking for those skills. Your limited resume real estate can be better used by highlighting your specific skills and accomplishments. 

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For example, if you’re a talented graphic designer, avoid using phrases like “creative visionary” or “world-class brand guru.” Try something more specific like “graphic designer with advanced skills in Photoshop and InDesign.” 

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Once your resume gets passed the bots, you’ll have an opportunity to show off your amazing personality and skills to the hiring committee. 

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Use Keywords 

Review the job description to find thmost important skills and experiences hiring managers are looking for. Do they mention specific programs, education levels, or hard skills? If you have experiences that showcase what they're looking for, make sure you use the same, or similar, words used in the job description to describe them 

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If you are having trouble identifying which keywords are the most important there are several things you can do to help you prioritize. One quick tool you can use is a word cloud. A word cloud is a visual display of the most frequent words used in a body of text. Copy and paste the job description into a free world cloud tool and see which words are the largest. Focus on these words.

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Using keywords appropriately is crucial, as it can be easy to overdo it. Once you’ve identified the most important keywords stick to using them 1-2 times throughout your resume and try to incorporate them naturally. At some point your resume may be read by a human, so it still needs to be easy to read and understand! 

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Use the Right Format 

Do you ever wonder why applications ask you to upload a resume and then fill in all the information again? It’s because it’s difficult for AI to read a PDF fileWhile it does take a lot of time and may be frustrating, make sure you take extra care to fill these fields in. Knowing this, consider uploading your resume as a Word document instead of a PDF in situations that don’t have this added step. 

If you do opt to submit Word document, it’s important you refrain from using the Header and Footer options. Bots do not typically scan these sections, so if you have important information there it could be overlooked. 

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Test it out! 

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Before you submit your resume, take a minute to see what it will look like to a bot. Copy and paste your text into a plain text reader. Does it look jumbled or disorganized? That will make it more difficult for a bot to read. 

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If this happens to you, your next step is to remove the formatting from the text in your document. Once you’ve stripped the formatting, you will need to add your bullets and headers back in. When you’re doing this be sure to use the standard options (bold headers, square/circle bullets). 

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You Have an AI-Friendly Resume – Now What? 

It’s time to apply to jobs! Visit our job board to find current openings at deaf-friendly companies. You can also follow Communication Service for the Deaf on Facebook to get job updates on every Wednesday. 

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Here are five suggestions on how to improve your resume and avoid problems.

1.   Review your resume for typos, spelling and grammar.

First, it’s important to review to check spelling and grammar. If there are mistakes, companies will notice and think you obviously did not pay attention and you did your resume quickly. Don’t do that - it’s better to slowly read again and again. If you’re not sure about grammar and spelling, ask a teacher, friend, or someone else to help.

2.   Properly format your resume; make sure size and spacing is consistent.

Second, resumes must be properly formatted, which means that it needs to look the same throughout. For example, if you have lines of text that are different sizes in your resume, change the lines to the same size. Keep your paragraphs close together and your spacing consistent. Also important is to not explain too much. Keep your text limited to one page. When you work on your document and are ready to send, export to PDF format. Because documents might not look the same on different computers, a PDF format ensures that your resume looks the same for everyone.

3.   Remove all “me” words from your resume.

Third, it’s not a good idea to be all about yourself. Try not to do that. If a company see you using the word "I" or "me" a lot, that’s not good. Explaining a lot is not necessary. Make the point with your skills, results, and success. For example, don’t say, "I developed a new product." Change it to “Developed a new product.”

4.   Make your resume unique for each job application. Adjust your resume to match all companies and their differences.

Fourth, you know those mail ads you get and always throw away? Companies do the same thing! It’s not good to mass distribute your resume. It’s better to be more focused. Research one company, then look closely at their goals and job descriptions, and then adjust your resume to match them. Do the same for each job application. Read their job descriptions for words and phrases that you see often. Work with them — put them in your resume.

5.   Make a list of positive job references ... but hold on to it until you’re asked to give it to a potential employer.

Fifth, companies want to find out more about who you are. They do this by asking for references and names. Your references should be someone who has already worked with you in the past. They might be a teacher or former boss. You don’t need to put them on your resume. As you fill out application forms, if they ask for references, do go ahead and add yours. But if they don’t ask, then hold back your references' names, VP numbers and email addresses. When companies request reference information, have them ready to pass along. Be sure to let your references know that companies will be contacting them. It’s best to make sure they aren’t caught unprepared.

Now you know several common mistakes that people make on their resumes. Now it’s time to revise and improve your resume!


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