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Career development – Does your resume have the right content?

- February 06, 2020

In today’s world, the conversation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it will influence human jobs in the future is becoming increasingly popular. What’s also becoming more popular is AI’s influence on whether or not you get the job in the first place. In fact, more and more recruitment agencies and hiring managers are leveraging AI to sort through job applications to automatically pick out the best in the field.

The basis of what you should and shouldn’t be including in your resume stays relatively the same. These days it’s about sorting through the mumble jumble and really tailoring your resume to make your unique skill set reflect the requirements of the role you’re applying for.

Have you included too many personal details?

A unique aspect of AI is that it’s not influenced by the ‘fluffy’ details. In fact, the more irrelevant words on your resume will cloud your ranking in the electronic tracing system. Therefore, it’s important to keep your personal statement short and concise. We’re talking no longer than two lines. Scrap details such as your date of birth, marital status, or number of children – it’s not needed. This sort of oversharing will only leave yourself open to unconscious bias. This information should not be used by employers to assess a persons’ suitability for a position; it is against anti-discrimination legislation. Similarly, with hobbies and interests, only include them if relevant.

Does the Summary focus on the kind of work you are seeking?

It needs to be tailored to each role you apply for. Make sure you mirror the advertisement’s language and, if possible, any key words that will be picked up by the Applicant Tracking Systems.

The Summary also needs to answer the question “why should I hire you?”

Your summary should be scattered in key words from the roles job description. AI systems are built to weed out disqualifying resumes that don’t match the requirements in their job description. Look for details around the role’s day-to-day responsibilities and desired previous experience and overall purpose of the role which reflect your skillset. Highlight these keywords up front in your resume.

Does the Summary or Profile create a compelling argument to talk to you further?

The aim of this section is to grab the reader’s attention and give them a quick snapshot of the skills you offer to the role.

Have you clearly documented your work history?

Document your work history and the details of each position, places of employment, locations and dates in reverse chronological order, so that your most recent role stands out to your Recruiter.

Be explicit with your skills

One of the best aspects of AI is that it directly pulls out key words found in your skills and experience.To ensure your skills are picked up in a criteria search your work history and skills should be listed as known skills; for example accounting or graphic design rather than phrases such as “works well under pressure”.

Have you got gaps in your employment history?

Try to plug these gaps, Recruiters can be suspicious about gaps and would rather see more information.

Have you included achievements?

Make sure you have quantified the business results and ensure there are measurable outcomes. Does your resume stimulate the questions that you want to answer in an interview? (The content in your achievement statements should be the most relevant section here.)

Have you removed your referees’ names?

We recommend you leave these referee details for later stages in the interview process. You will need to manage your referees ahead of a future employer calling them to prepare them and coach them on the role you are applying for.

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