Resume Examples

All our resume templates are Applicant Tracking System Compliant

While many resume writing services claim to use ATS compliant templates, the reality is that most of these are not.  If the template offered incorporates two columns, tables, text boxes or graphical elements, these will be rejected by an ATS.

Tables and Columns cause critical errors within ATS

The ATS converts your document into a format that can be searched, filtered, or transcribed into a uniform digital applicant profile.  ATS are not programmed to read left-to-right; instead, they read top-to-bottom.  Therefore, any content in tables or columns will be read top-to-bottom, causing data to be interspersed with other data and not make a lot of sense, generally resulting in the document being rejected.

What is an ATS compliant template?

In the first instance, it must be one-columned.  Secondly, ATS prefer ‘Sans Serif’ fonts such as Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, Futura and others.  A ‘Serif’ font means that it has curly bits such as Times Roman and Cambria.  Sans means ‘without’, so Sans Serif fonts mean that they don’t have the curly bits, which can often cause issues with ATS.  A third consideration is your choice of bullet-point.  Ornamental bullet-points can also cause ATS issues as they are perceived as a graphical element.  Always use simple bullet-points such as dots, dashes and similar, and ideally, restrict the number of styles to only two.

Examples of ATS Compliant Templates

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How Resumes achieve interviews

Resume 'Look & Feel' - how important is it?

Hiring organisations determine your professionalism by the standard of the documents you submit for advertised positions. If your resume does pass through an ATS and incorporates the keywords associated with the advertised position, it will be passed on to an HR member for an initial screening.  Keep in mind that if the ‘look and feel’ of your resume is of a poor standard, i.e. inconsistent paragraph spacing, spelling mistakes, grammatical errors etc., it will probably be discarded.  

A decision to 'interview' is made on the FIRST PAGE of a Resume

Because of the vast volume of applications received for every advertised position, HR personnel will generally perform a quick visual scan of the content on the first page of submitted resumes.    The initial impact is critical so the first page content should immediately evidence the value you can bring to the organisation, i.e. a synopsis of your career, a snapshot of your skills and experience, a dedicated ‘Areas of Expertise’ section, and ideally a ‘Career Summary’ as well as your ‘Education’ and ‘Professional Development’. The rest of the document will probably not be read if this does not generate interest. 

Your 'Experience' - content is KING

Your ‘EXPERIENCE’ content can ‘make or break’ your chances of achieving interviews.  If you have done a copy + paste from a Position Description or listed every task associated with your role, hiring organisations will not be impressed.  Cut to the chase, and incorporate only your ‘core activities’ and importantly, open with a few lines of your role’s purpose.  ‘Key Achievements’ are also of great value and indicate to a hiring organisation that you have initiative and have a ‘big picture’ of the overall organisation – however, make sure that these are quantifiable and meaningful.

Referees are critical to achieving interviews

Hiring organisations must validate the information you have provided on your resume, and they are not going to contact every applicant to obtain referee information.  If you don’t want your current employer to know you are job hunting and you have been with the organisation for a number of years, consider past line managers/supervisors who may have moved on from the company.  Note also to include business email addresses for your referees, not private ones, as this sends out alarm bells to hiring organisations.

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