Growing up, your parents may have told you that getting a job was simple. You may have heard that asking to speak to the manager of a local business and giving them a firm handshake was all that was required. That may have been true at one time. But these days? You have to dodge background checks and drug tests. Applications and other materials have to be polished and primed. And if you don’t know how to write a resume that will get passed automation software? Don’t expect many calls for interviews.
In today’s job market, your resume needs to be tailored. But not just tailored to match the job description. Your resume needs to be tailored specifically to beat filters. That begs the question: How to write a resume that shows you’re the perfect fit and also beats the computers? It’s tricky, but it can be done.
First, you’ll need to take a lesson from Sun Tzu, the philosopher, general, and strategist behind The Art of War. That lesson? Know your enemy. Or, in this case, research and get an idea of what you’re up against.
To beat the computer, you need to know what it’s looking for.