5 reasons you need a free resume review from Monster
Get past the resume robots and into the hands of a recruiter.
Would a recruiter or hiring manager swipe right on your resume?
Your resume is their first impression of you, and often, it’s the main thing standing between you scoring an interview or getting lost in the shuffle.
And that's not taking into account that recruiters spend less than a minute on a resume—only after it makes it through the robots.
When you apply to a job online, your application often goes into an Applicant Tracking System (ATS), software that reviews elements of your resume to determine how well you’d fit the requirements of the job posting.
Wish there was a crystal ball to see what the ATS will have to say about your resume? We've got something better—and you won't have to polish it after each use. Monster’s free resume review gives you feedback using similar technology that the ATS employs.
We have a hunch you’ll be surprised by what the assessment catches and how potential employers and recruiters will view you based only on a quick glance at your resume. Here are five reasons why you should get a resume assessment.
1. You’re not showing results
Of course, your resume should include some basic details about your role and responsibilities, but don’t neglect to “wow” them with your accomplishments.
“One of most important elements of a resume is results,” says Kim Monaghan, founder of the Michigan-based professional development company, KBM Coaching and Consulting.
Monaghan says to ask yourself one question for each of your jobs: “How did your work get results for your department or organization in a way that is quantifiable or that you can qualify in some way?”
Include the respective results as bullet points for each of your jobs, so hiring managers don’t just know your laundry list of responsibilities — they know what you got done.
2. You’re not using the right keywords
Want to know the secret for getting passed the ATS? It’s all in the job posting.
“Though you don't want to copy word for word, use some of the same terms they use in the job description in your resume,” explains Thomas Harris, founder of the Georgia-based coaching company The Exceptional Skills.
“Remember, when the employer looks at resumes, he or she is thinking WIIFM (what's in it for me). They want to know that you will benefit them,” says Harris. Use the job description as a treasure map for the exact terms and qualifications they're looking for and include anything relevant to you in your resume.
Monster's resume review will tell you if you’ve included enough relevant keywords and information to show why you're a good fit for the job.
Nearly 75% of resumes that go through an ATS are eliminated because they don't meet the requirements the hiring manager specified, such as the right skills, education level, or job titles, according to Monster research.
3. Your resume is misleading or unclear
Sure, your official title might be “Galactic Viceroy of Research Excellence,” “dean of pizza,” or “Chief Unicorn Officer,” but what the heck does that mean? The resume review will catch confusing job titles and suggest that you change to ones that are more generic.
While we never advocate for lying on your resume, you can find the closest “standard” title to what you do as “Chief Unicorn Officer.”
Could you be catfishing someone with your resume unintentionally?
The ATS might take the words and phrases in your resume out of context and think that you're a good fit for petrochemical research when really, you’re a journalist who has written about the topic.
It's helpful to see how the robots interpret your resume so you can set the record straight. To do that, Noelle Johnson, founder of the Nashville-based interview and negotiation coaching company, My Interview Buddy, recommends removing “experience bullets” that don’t have to do with the job at hand.
4. You forgot to focus on the formatting
Just say no to Comic Sans.
As the resume review will point out, you should use a standard font because the ATS robots and hiring managers prefer common fonts like Arial or Times New Roman and a simple format that’s easy to interpret.
Our assessment will also point out if your resume doesn’t include all of the standard sections like your experience, education, and skills.
Even if you graduated from college thirty years ago, you should still include the section because your resume might not be passed along to recruiters and hiring managers if you don’t fill out all the information the system requires.
And save the creative pie charts, graphs, and icons for the in-person interview. It should be easy for a busy hiring manager to find all of the relevant information like company names, dates, job titles, and accomplishments, says Helen Godfrey, a Houston-based career coach and owner of The Authentic Path.
5. You didn’t go the extra mile
You’ve made it this far, and you’re so close to a stellar resume! Don’t stop now.
Use Monster’s professional resume writing service to have a certified resume writer help you optimize your resume for your industry and preferred role, customize your resume with relevant keywords, get past the robots and, yes, make sure you aren’t one typo away from your dream job.