RezScore's 4 Favorite Resume Hacks

online resume hacksBy Sean Weinberg

Believe it or not, but the entire team at RezScore loves resumes. We love their usefulness, their flexible nature, and the fact a resume gets you hired. (Who doesn't love that?).

Since we're all about resumes and we're just a smidge nerdy, we've naturally come up with our very own set of resume hacks that are handy to just about anyone who has submitted a resume online.

Why would I hack my resume?

A person doesn't initially review your resume when you submit it to a company. (Eyes on you, big, scary companies!) Chances are, some type of HR software, affectionately known as an "applicant tracking system," reviews it. This system is usually what sorts large quantities of applications into the initial "yes" and "no" categories. While they are designed to prioritize the most qualified applicants, the system is still flawed. Here are four ways you can help your resume into the "yes" pile:

1. Link it up.

Any online resume should take advantage of Web-tastic tools like hyperlinks. Using hyperlinks allows you to cheat the one-page rule by giving employers access to even more content than what meets the eye. Use to create an embedded link so it's parsable for software.

2. Count on it.

Just like our favorite vampire, we love using numbers in our resumes. Numbers give an undisputed account of a certain accomplishment and are attractive to HR software. Put a number in your first bullet point under any position you held. Phrases such as "saved $1 million" and "closed 13 new accounts" are golden.

3. Work the search terms.

Out of work? Get your resume to the top of the stack by including "in work" search terms. It's not lying, fibbing, or even fudging if you include phrases such as "analyzed current events" or "presented to management," but it will get on the right side of any HR software.

4. De-routine.

When people ask you about notable points in your job, you probably neglect to mention the more routine parts of your position. Just because you do it every day doesn't mean that it's not notable to other people. A little self-aggrandizement can go a long way.

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What do you think? What other resume hacks can you think of? How helpful do you find resume hacks? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Sean Weinberg is the COO and co-founder of RezScore, a free Web application that reads, analyzes, and grades resumes -- instantly. Also the founder of Freedom Resumes, Weinberg has dedicated his career to helping job seekers write the best possible resumes. You can connect with Sean and the RezScore team on Facebook and Twitter.

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October 22 2011 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Any Suggestions? I'm Very frustrated, without job nor unemployment insurance nor a retirement program. Being in the workplace 49 years as a professional and semi professional admin, sales and sales mamagement - success in getting an interview is impossible. I'm a healthy 65 years old. My age and the economy are stacked against me as I continually applying to on-line openings as well as attempts selling b to b products on my own. Just last week my unemployment insurance ran out and my wife told me she is divorcing me and moving out in two weeks. She makes a sizable income while I make less money, less sleep, less appitite, but I do have MORE stress.

October 22 2011 at 1:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom Truth

Almost Every American Job To Be Eliminated
Except Government, Fast Food & Sales Cashier

Goddamnit, the Global corporations have eliminated almost every American job through offshoring and automation. They are so Goddamn evil and greedy that destroying the American job market is a joy for them. And instead of stopping them from destroying the American economy and job market., our rotten corrupt government did the opposite and helped the Global corporations with tax breaks and tax loopholes to encourage the offshoring and put heavy fees and restrictions on American based companies to force them to either offshore or close. Our Goddamn government was happy to help the corporations in exchange for favors ( mainly bribes and campaign donations)

Now almost all the jobs are gone and the politicians say " Too Goddamn bad, if you can't find work, eat sh*t and die"

This is why the only solution now is a revolution. Create a whole new system that's fair to all instead of only for the rich like now and not totally saturated with corruption like it is now..

October 21 2011 at 2:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Tom Truth's comment

don't be angry....if you remain in that weakened mental state....the strife will continue on and on.
Be the wiser, and enter an interdependent relationship. If everyone moved in that direction, the wards of 'dependency' versus 'independence' versus 'codependency' will truly fade.

October 21 2011 at 3:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom Truth

The resume outline is NOT important at all. If you are not an EXACT match meaning Exact Experience, Exact Skills, Exact Education, Exact Age (usually 25 - 29) and Speak the Exact Language (many companies are now owned by foreigners and require bilingual) than your resume is deleted or goes into the recycle bin.

Our country which was the Greatest in the world is now the Biggest pile of crap on the planet thanks to all the Goddamn greed from the corporations, Wall Street and the politicians both Republican and Democrat.

October 21 2011 at 2:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Tom Truth's comment

There is some truth in what you write. The challenge continues (is perennial) and we should not feed the current demands. Who ought to lead who? ...when the process is warped?

October 21 2011 at 2:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Employers hire a person, not a resume. If so expressed via verbal approach and body language, a viable inter-dependency commences. An approach that requests the employer to request the resume is lacking .......and it wouldn't take longer than 7-14 minutes.

A booklet here would not fit.

I have seriously assisted persons to secure employment for more than 17 years. Take a minute to review the above column. Is it all bad? No...but it does sadly omit the human contact dimension. Please reconsider the tactics.

October 21 2011 at 2:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Carol Harvey

They interview you and hopefully hire you, but only if their "program" that sifts thru the resumes puts yours through to an actual person. Larger companies use software that search for key words and only pass along those to an actual interviewer. Unfortunately many qualified people get passed by - simply because they did not understand what the "program is looking for. Of course once you do land an interview, it's up to you to win the position.

October 21 2011 at 2:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

While computers have changed many things regarding job searches, some things having to do with human nature haven't changed. Here are the important ones:

1- The competitive nature of a job hunt hasn't changed, but during a recession it becomes more so. You still have to have a better strategy than others, and sending out hundreds of resumes is the worst and least competitive approach.

2- Few employers care about your needs; they care about THEIR needs. Under standing what their needs are is onr of the fundamental principles of a job search. Computers can help in researching this. The best way to find out what the needs of potential employers are is still talking to people who are doing the job you want, and to the people who employ them.

3- Networking with people who have no possible need for your skills or experience is a waste of time. Building relationships with people who are RELEVANT to your job search is crucial. The word RELATIONSHIP is not necessarily meant to imply a close personal intimate relationship; one good meeting with a person with experience in your field of work can start a productive relationship. Getting such a meeting for the purpose of getting information and spreading the word about your potential contribution is not difficult. Finding those people, either through referral from others or through net-surfing is not difficult, once you have decided what you can "bring to the table."

4- While resume formats have changed over time, recipient's reading of resumes has not changed. Any good resume has a summary of what you are offering (rather than what you are looking for) has to be highlighted at the first thing on the first page of a good resume, followed by specific examples that illustrate your having used those skills. Chronological job history is less important, and can be at the bottom of a one-page resume or on a second page.

October 21 2011 at 1:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This article is a waste of time to even read... if followed will get you NOTHING

October 21 2011 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
You Sexy Mama

...HELP! I have been out of the workforce for over 25 years (home child care). HOW exactly do I submit a resume online to someone?? mine is in Word format and when I sent it to myself (as a test run) it shows all the fields and cell divisions from the resume wizard. not professional IMO.
when I scanned it it came out as a .jpg -- do I just send it as an attachment or copy and paste into my email???
thanks bunches!!!

October 21 2011 at 1:06 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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David Amaya

If you are e-mailing it you want to send the word version as an attachment, If you just want to cut and paste you should save it is text only *.TXT format, If you are running Vista click the windows logo in the lower left hand side, go to programs --> Accessories --> Notepad (Windows text editor.

Cut and paste your resume and adjust for alighnment, save the file as Current resume.txt and you should cut and paste from this.)

remember attach word documents, cut and paste txtx documents.

If you need more help try your local library and check out a book on resumes and on Word, I have found that titles that are the most condescending will help you the most (ie for dummies.. for the complete idiot ext.)

hope this helps

October 21 2011 at 1:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Interesting advice, although I wish it had elaborated on the automated sorting of the information...One thing to be careful about numbers though, in case they are extremly picky - the following is something online I just googled to save me time and make sure it was correct. - "Spell small numbers out. The small numbers, such as whole numbers smaller than ten, should be spelled out. That’s one rule you can count on. If you don’t spell numbers out it will look like you’re sending an instant message, and you want to be more formal than that in your writing." - excerpt from a website I just read to confirm what I had been doing as an office manager...Such as I supervised seven Sales assistants.

October 21 2011 at 12:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to virtualblair's comment

True, that is grammatically correct when you're writing a letter. However, a resume is different and when you're applying to a larger company the software is crawling through your resume looking for particular things, such as 'numbers'. In short, it is easier for the computer to both read and return a numeral and it takes less time to read your resume if you use a numeral and not a word. You only have a precious few seconds to make and impression. So, for resumes stick to the numerals.

October 21 2011 at 2:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As a recruiter, the best advice I can give you is this - Edit your resume for every job you apply for. Be sure that you look at all of the required and desired skills and experience listed show up clearly on your resume. Most Recruiters use key words from the required skills to search resumes. If you don't list it on your resume, we can't guess if you have the skill or not. When we start with hundreds of resumes to look at, if it is not spelled out clearly (and correctly), we just have to move on. Next...!

October 21 2011 at 12:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to linoqueen's comment

The only secure job today is HR, because they always need someone to tell people they are hired or fired.

Hopefully someone will tell these HR people "next" someday, hope it doesn't sting too much when it hits your doorstep!

October 21 2011 at 2:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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