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How to Get Your Resume Screened-In By Hiring Software

Monday 30 March, 2015

Build your resume to get screened-in by employers’ online hiring software

Did you know that almost all top companies today use hiring systems to screen and rank applicants’ resumes for interviews and subsequently hiring?  In most cases, your resume ranking within the software determines whether you get called for an interview or not. It is the hard truth, but it is a fact with most companies these days. You may very well have the best qualifications, but if your resume is not selected by the applicant tracking software you may never get an interview not only for the job you applied for, but by the company itself because your resume never made it pass the “electronic screening eyes.”  So do ensure that your resume has the relevant keywords, including job and profession specific keywords, industry terminologies and the appropriate business jargons.   


Follow these five steps to get your resume ranked for job interviews. 

• Visit the career section of the employer’s website to learn more about the company (you will most likely find information on the company's core competencies and job specific competencies– skills the company use to hire)

• Evaluate the company's job posting to identify the competency requirements for that particular job you would like to apply for

• Link your skills and experience to the requirements outlined in the job posting using similar wording and keyword phrases

• Identify the employer’s core competencies and build them into your resume using compelling examples from your experience

• Fill-in the skills section on the company's online resume submission form using the job posting keywords and competencies relevant to the company

Here are some of the top Canadian and U.S. employers who use applicant tracking software to screen resumes and hire candidates.

• All major banks, including CIBC, Scotia Bank, TD, RBC, BMO, HSBC, National Bank of Canada, Laurentian Bank, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank of America, and Morgan Stanley.

• All major accounting and professional services firms, including Deloitte and Touché, KPMG, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) and Ernst & Young.

• All major technology companies, including Microsoft, IBM, Research-In-Motion, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell, Apple, Intel Corporation, Google, and Accenture.

• All major telecommunications companies, including Bell Canada, Telus, AT&T, MTS Allstream, Verizon Wireless, Nortel Networks and Rogers Communications.

• All major retail companies, including Sears, the Hudson Bay Company, Winners, Canadian Tire, Reitmans, Best Buy, Home Depot, and Staples.