Beat the Bots: How to Make Your Resume AI-friendly

With the rise of online job boards such as Nexojobs, employers are able to find more talent than ever before, but that also means it’s harder to stand out. 

This influx of candidates can be both a blessing and a curse. Sure, getting one hundred applications might be cool…until you have to read one hundred resumes. 

In order to save time, many employers are adopting AI-based resume scanning tools to more effectively weed out irrelevant candidates and highlight ones with the most potential. 

If you’re looking for a job, you need to know not only how to write a strong resume, but also how to bypass the bots. Don’t give them any reason to throw out your application before it even gets to a human! Here are three tips to make your resume AI-friendly:

1. Don’t forget spell check.

The first thing many resume scanners will look for is any typos or misspellings. Such things can slip through easily, but when an employer has thousands of resumes to go through, why would they spend time on one with such a fundamental error?

Double check your resume before sending it in. This might sound like common knowledge, but you would be surprised how many applications contain careless errors. 

2. Use relevant keywords.

AI-based resume scanners are designed to look for certain keywords that will help them decide whether or not a candidate is worth reading. The first step to beating these bots is to know what keywords are important to your industry, and how you can incorporate them into your resume. 

For example, if you’re applying for a sales position, “sales” and “account management” are important terms. If you worked at a car dealership, traffic-related terms such as “market share” and “vehicle count” would be good keywords to include in your resume as well.

3. Keep it simple.

You might think you’re being clever with a particularly artsy resume or a bold new format, but it can do more harm than good. It’s advisable to stick with a traditional resume format. As well as exhibiting your skills in a professional manner, it will also attract the attention of the AI program that might not pick up on something more creative. 

Job hunting is never easy whether you’re the employer or the candidate, but these tips can help you get seen on job search engines and put you closer to landing your dream job. Don’t forget you can always contact us — we help both employers and candidates find their perfect match. 

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