A resume isn’t only about you presenting your professional expertise but also is your very first opportunity to make a good impression on employers. Building a solid resume is your first and most important step towards landing your dream job. Before diving to the body of your resume, I want you to let this work resonate in your brain – Applicant Tracking System (ATS). For every job, hundreds of candidates could apply directly to the company. Some HR may also search candidates resumes online from different job portals like; Monster, Indeed, LinkedIn, Dice, Techfetch, USA jobs just to name a few. At the end of the day, the HR ends up with numerous resumes to choose from and there is usually very little time to sieve through all resumes effectively. The HR will run all candidate’s resume through the ATS in search of keywords/tools and technologies of interest at the specific job. An applicant tracking system (ATS) is a software application that enables the electronic handling of recruitment and hiring needs. An ATS can be implemented or accessed online at enterprise- or small-business levels, depending on the needs of the organization; free and open-source ATS software is also available. An ATS is very similar to customer relationship management (CRM) systems, but are designed for recruitment tracking purposes. In many cases they filter applications automatically based on given criteria such as keywords, skills, former employers, years of experience and schools attended. This has caused many to adapt resume optimization techniques similar to those used in search engine optimization when creating and formatting their résumé. If your resume lacks these keywords, you may not be drafted for a follow-up interview.
Keywords could be different tools, techniques, projects you previously worked on. A good place to start is to look at job descriptions for numerous companies. You will notice the frequent use to specific keywords which could be embedded in your resume. For example, let’s say you are in search of an oracle DBA job, some examples of keywords include; server, Linux, Solaris, AWR, ASH, ADDM, explain plan, SQL, PL/SQL, backup and recovery, RMAN, NETCA, DBCA, DBUA, DataGuard, goldengate, RAC, 11g, 12C, 19C software installation, multitenancy (container and pluggable databases) just to name a few.
Now, we understand the importance of keywords, lets take a deep dive into the resume section. Rule of law – Avoid making your resume too wordy. The very first portion of your resume is the personal information – Full legal names, email, address, work authorization, your job title. The next section on your resume is your professional summary in which you will specify your job title, years or experience, a short paragraph of the work you do and what tools you used. You may also include a few projects you worked on. The skills section will follow right after that in which you outline your different skill sets, tools you’ve used, different operating systems you worked on and software versions. Note that employers are in search of candidates with experience in very recent technologies. As such, you have to always be on your toes by constantly researching and studying new technologies. This will be followed by your actual job experience for the different companies for which you previously worked alongside your job title and date interval of employment. In this section, you will elucidate in detail your job and projects you completed while you were employed for the company. Lastly, we have education and certification. You will specify your degrees and certifications achieved starting with most recent from top to bottom.