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How to target your resume for jobs

You’ve heard that you should tailor your resume to the job. How do you go about that? How do you know what keywords are being used? Applicant tracking systems (ATS) may have a rank and score system based on how your position description and resume match. Think of resume and position description matching like a dating website...how compatible are you with the job? The system will provide a score or ranking to the recruiter on your “compatibility”.

Consider the following when tailoring your resume:

  • Use the company’s vocabulary – if the company has a job posted for an Operations Engineer, does operations experience show up in your resume or does industrial engineering experience show up?
  • Match the company’s position description.
  • Check for keywords – again, avoid “keyword stuffing.”
    • Use these two websites to consider using to help identify keywords: TagCrowd.com and Wordle.net
    • Copy and paste the … 
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Understanding online application processes

Applicant tracking systems (ATS) are being used by a lot of organizations to screen resumes to increase recruiting efficiencies. Taleo is one of the largest ATS systems. This blog will cover some tips for applying to jobs that use an ATS system. How do you know the employer is using an ATS system? Typically if you look at the URL, the ATS system will be included.

As we know, data analytics is becoming a big player in many industries. ATS systems were initially used to help insert resumes into the employer’s database, have basic functions of screening, and follow the applicant through the hiring process. System are now more advanced. Systems can be programmed for just about anything including but not limited to: scanning for keywords, years of experiences, job title similarities, past employers, educational background, skills, projects, qualifications, and the list goes on and on. Companies have a hiring strategy … 

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Resource Spotlight: ECS Diversity Guides

Did you know that last year, ECS created a new section on our website and accompanying resource guides in CareerEngine for diverse student populations? We are committed to providing job search assistance to all of our students and recognize that everyone’s needs are not the same. 

There is a unique landing page on the ECS website and guides in the Document Library of CareerEngine for the following groups: international students, LGBTQ students, minorities in engineering, students with disabilities, women in engineering, and veterans.  Because each student has a unique background and set of qualifications to offer potential employers, not everyone will have the same path to obtaining employment.  We are here to support each and every engineering student through their job search process.

Below are some highlights of the diversity pages:

  • Disclosure: Tips for how/when/why to disclose your situation with an employer. For example, we include a disclosure script … 
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What's the Difference? Resume Objectives, Summaries, & Profiles Explained

Anytime that you can make the recruiter’s job easier, the better. Recruiters typically have an average of 118 applicants per open position according to Forbes if not more applicants than that based on the company size.  Consider the first thing employers may read on the resume...resume objectives, summaries, or profiles. Are these just different names for the same thing? The short answer is no--however, you need to pick just one of these rather than having a combination! Make sure you are using what sells you the best AND helps the person reading the resume understand why you are a fit for the job. The following will explain the purpose of each and how to write them. 


Objectives

Resume objectives tell the employer what type of employment you are seeking—they typically call out a specific position. Objective statements are goal oriented, focus on your future, and may indicate when you are … 

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When to Use Your Major GPA

If you are like most students, you know your cumulative GPA.  If it is high, you’re probably satisfied with it and will willingly supply it to any recruiter who asks.  If it is not as high as you'd like, and a recruiter brings it up, it can potentially create some uncomfortable moments, even causing you to break out in an audible sweat.  You start silently yelling at yourself for not taking your history classes more seriously. 

All is not lost.  If you have worked hard in your engineering classes, with strong grades reflecting that hard work, then it is likely that your major GPA is significantly higher than your cumulative GPA.  You can calculate your major GPA, and present it to a recruiter with confidence.  (But be sure to present it as your major GPA; it is never okay to mislead or lie to … 

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