So you have a beautiful, keyword-optimized professional resume for your job search. You are excited and ready to begin landing the role of your dreams. You see that fabulous job and hit ‘Apply’. You upload your resume in PDF format and click apply now.
What happens next? Probably nothing.
Here Is Why:
Did you know that most companies these days use an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to receive, organize, review, and search the resume that you (and everyone else) send in for the job? There are about 55 different ATS vendors in North America. Among these, only some are able to translate the information from your PDF resume into their system. This means that if your resume doesn’t make it through, you are not found and you actually never applied for that dream role.
So unless the hiring manager or company specifically says that you can submit a PDF file, always use an MS Word document in .doc or .docx format.
Is your MS Word resume ATS friendly? Does it have the essential keywords and buzz phrases to get you through the technical round and into the hiring manager’s hands. Every career and industry has its own arsenal of tools, strategies, and keywords. Is your resume equipped to beat the competition and get you through the door?