3 Free Tools for Your Resume to Beat the ATS


Hey everybody, it’s Andy back for another
week to help you build a career you love. Today, I’ve got something for all of you who
are struggling with getting your resume passed the dreaded applicant tracking system, and
I’m gonna tell you about one of my milewalk Academy members Jill, who struggled for five
months. Two weeks ago used this exact same formula,
changed her resume, used the tools, and has had four interviews in the last two weeks. So let’s, I want to take a peek over my shoulder. I want you to take a peek over my shoulder. Let’s take a look at Jill, and those three
tools. Let’s get you passed that applicant tracking
system. As I mentioned one of our milewalk Academy
members Jill, she … About, I don’t know a couple of hours before I was just about
to shoot this video, she posted this on the Facebook group. She used this exact formula I am about to
give you, and she said, “Listen to Andy LaCivita. I switched my resume format from the one on
the left, to his format on the right literally two weeks ago. I have been looking for a job since January,
which was five months ago, and I had one interview last week, another yesterday, as well as two
interviews today, and one said they are making me an offer, and the other has me setup for
a second interview on Friday.” From famine to feast folks, and I love the
fact that she included pictures of the resume. I am about to give you this template on the
right, so I love that she did this, and I’m just so thrilled. Let’s talk about the three different tools. The first tool is actually a webinar I created
last year. It’s called Three Secrets to Get Your Resume
Noticed. Actually, since I created this webinar, more
than 20,000 people have seen it. I absolutely love this one, and in this webinar
I show you exactly how a hiring official, a recruiter, a HR Person would look at your
resume. Literally, where their eyes go. What they’re looking for. The kind of information they’re hoping to
find, and as a matter of fact I have another video that some of you might have seen called
How to Get Your Resume Noticed in Five Seconds Guaranteed. That’s another great supplement to this, but
I go into much more detail in this hour long webinar. I show you exactly how somebody looks at this,
what they’re looking for, ways to prove your value, what the content is that you should
have in your resume, so that it’ll be exciting. So that’s the first tool. The second tool I give you is actually a wonderful
download that you can get at the end of the webinar, it’s called My Resume Builder. It is a template, a content guide. It is completely designed for you to include
all the right information in the right layout in your resume, so just to kind of take a
quick look here. Over in the beginning you get these nice instructions
on how to use the guide. Over on the left, here’s a sample resume layout. Then what’s really nice is I go through each
section of the resume. I talk about it, I tell you what it is. I tell you the type of content to include,
and then what I do, toward the end I have an achievements journal in here. There’s actually 14 key pieces of information
that I tell you. This is the kind of information that you should
use, and capture on each one of your projects, so you can tell wonderful stories in your
resume, and in the job interview. The rest of the booklet has all the rest of
that information, but it’s a really wonderful tool that I give away for free for anyone
who attends the webinar. It really is aimed at helping you punch up
that resume. And then the third tool that I would recommend
is Jobscan. After you go through my webinar, after you
download the book, and you reformat your resume according to the guidelines I give you, I
would head over to Jobscan. I’ve got the link in the description, and
what I would do here is you can actually go into this tool. Put a copy of your resume of your resume right
in there. I’ve just taken an old resume of mine, and
put some content in there for illustrative purposes, and then I grabbed a job description. What you can do is you can actually take the
job description, copy it, head over to Jobscan, paste it in there, and what this will do is
… Okay, you can see I’m not a very good match for this role. However, the most important thing just for
illustrative purposes, this will show you that your skill and keywords match. Your job title match. Education. It will also give you some ATS tips. I’m gonna go into this in a second. Word count. All this good stuff, and it will help you
better align your resume to the job that you are looking to apply. And we know that this is Starbucks ’cause
I enjoy their coffee. And also what you can do after you save that
is you can actually add an address for the job description, and it will tell you what
the applicant tracking system is that the company is using if it is known, and what
that will do is it will give you some extra tips of what to do, and not to do on your
resume. If you were looking at this particular role,
they use Taleo, it’s a very common applicant tracking system. Taleo has got certain preferences that Jobscan
will show you. Make sure that you’re using the right format. Don’t use any charts, or heavy graphics. It does not like abbreviations like PNP. Or it does not recognize common abbreviations,
so you’re better spelling out Project Management Professional, or Certified Public Accountant. These are wonderful little nuances that are
really nice for you to know. Jobscan will let you create a free account. You can use this for 30 days. But this is another tool that I would highly
recommend. It goes … It hard skills, the soft skills,
other keywords that it might be looking for, and it gives you some kind of idea of how
you’re going to match up, and then obviously the goal is to increase this number. So that’s the third tool I would recommend. After you watch the webinar, after you download
the book, after you align your resume to that ATS friendly format that I give you. We are having wonderful, wonderful success
with folks in the milewalk Academy, and in our Facebook groups they’re having tremendous
success using this formula. All right, so now you’ve seen the three tools. Just to recap, check out Three Secrets to
Get Your Resume Noticed. Take the resume content builder, take this
little workbook. It’s got everything you need to put a great
resume, very powerful resume together. Then run it through Jobscan as you apply to
these positions. Whether you’re using them right off the company’s
website, and you’re submitting your resume there. Or whether you’re using the different job
boards like Indeed, or Hot Jobs, or Yahoo, whatever it might be the formula works. All right, if you are loving this, make sure
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43 thoughts on “3 Free Tools for Your Resume to Beat the ATS

  1. Folks, this video is now public and open for business! Please let me know what is ailing your job search! Also, make sure to SUBSCRIBE to my channel so you can stay up to date on new videos every Tuesday as well as my WEEKLY (YES! WEEKLY!) LIVE OFFICE HOURS SESSIONS every Thursday. Hope to see you there!

  2. Very helpful. I am looking to start applying for my first career job in the coming months so this is very useful. Thanks Andy

  3. Thank you for sharing…great information. I have been following Andy’s job search advise and have had 3 interviews.

  4. Great video! I love how you explain the job description part. Copy and paste to better align your resume. Great tips!

  5. Thanks for sharing these helpful tools! I have a few questions, 1) when I use job scan to compare my resume and job description, results of job scan run always highlight missing key words for soft skills, such as communication skills, inter-personal skills, written communication skills, leaderships. These missing key words affect the score of the resume, any advice to address them in the resume? 2) under professional experience section, if the job description list out 10+ job responsibilities, should these all be addressed in the achievement area or still stay with 8 biggies for achievement? If there are similar achievement in different jobs, whether they should be highlighted in different jobs.

  6. Andy, these are great tips. So thankful you are passionate about helping everyone, about sharing you insights and expertise. Many thanks. Anne

  7. Great tips Andy. I will give it a try. I used Michael's resume to reformat my existing. So far, no interviews yet. I will check out Jobscan next. Thanks Andy!

  8. Hey Andrew, I just wanted to say thank you for all the tips and info you've provided me through your YouTube channel. I've only seen a handful of videos on how to make a resume, how to make a cover letter, and how to ace an interview. But even with such a short time on your channel, I was able to acquire all the info necessary to land a job only two weeks out of college! Thank you so much!!

  9. Nice little resume hack here, Andy! In today's day and age, this is super helpful and powerful.

  10. Great tips for the dreaded ATS! While using tactics to get around those are an applicant's best bet, sometimes there will be no choice; this info is super-valuable! And Jill's testimony is awesome—that the "proof is in the pudding," so-to-speak; one of several positive testimonies of career-turnarounds by employing the methods from your Boot Camp and supplemental content, Andy!

  11. ????  My career highlights and achievements take most of page one. Is this ok, what font and size should I use?

  12. Thanks Andy for sharing these tools and your ever helpful insights! Trying to guess what will work for resume formats and how to get the resume past the applicant tracking systems can be incredibly frustrating and very discouraging. These tools and tips are a huge help!

  13. Love this Andy! You are so great. I love that you shared Jill's story. Anyone watching this video is sure to beat any ATS when it comes to writing their resume.

  14. Great video and good to have real personal experiences of people too. Loved it! Catch you on YT4B. Deirdre. X

  15. I've been changing and updating my resume for over months now, and everytime I allow my resume to auto fill an application there are always portions that are incorrectly brought over! Is formatting of the resume going to also effect the outcome of the ATS system?

  16. I am international student in Ohio graduating in May.I recently started making resume and making a list of companies to apply.I hope this tip you arre giving are worth it .Lets see how I do ! Thanks for video

  17. Just subscribed, and going to look into your webinar tomorrow. Your information sounds solid, and if it works I'm going to kiss you on the face.

  18. Thanks so much for this helpful webinar.
    My concern is about the updating of information. What happens when you do so? Do the recruiters get informed and review your application in case the due date has not passed?? Or do they consider the original version??

    Best
    Landry

  19. I love videos that are short, concise and to the point. Especially for folks who are working busy full-time jobs to still able to watch some of this great content.

  20. For keyword matching, I would suggest using https://cvscan.uk. It's a free tool specifically design to compare a CV against a job description.

  21. Hi Andy thank you so much.My resume looks exactly like the one on the left.I applied for 13000 jobs so far I lost my house my car and everything because I never got an interview.I got desperat and went on google maps.Typed in shipyards.Found shipyards in Thailand.Went to their site and send my cv to about 500 shipyards.I got a job in Thailand and had to leave my country just to survive.I want to cry now.This was such vital information.I hope I can return back home now.

  22. Wow you said 4 interviews in two weeks?

    I think Im lucky enough, in 3 weeks Ive had 3 interviews and 5 companies invited me for an interview, but I withdrawn my application on them due to personal reasons.

    I know it depends on the position and country but thinking that most of the people didnt even get into interviews makes me think Im a lucky human being because I am qualified based on my resume.

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