In the past, resumes and cover letters were the primary method to introduce yourself. Increasingly, they are merely a trigger within an employer’s Applicant Tracking System (ATS) which search through submitted resumes for keywords and related semantic context.
Jobscan is a free resume builder. Documents can be downloaded to MS Word to make additional edits.
Rezi is a free AI-based resume builder which writes ‘work experience’ statements with a prompt. Free document downloads available.
Several websites score a resume’s impact, keywords, and presentation. Their comments can help to improve first drafts. These are general evaluations, and sometimes the trade skills of occupations like Education or Nursing are not recognized in the score they generate. They also do not weave an individual’s strengths into the document. Make an appointment with Career Center staff to develop language for your strengths. Fees to use these sites may apply.
Nearly every employer uses a system that manages applicants’ resumes. Here are some tips for creating a resume that can pass through an ATS.
A cover letter accompanies your resume when applying for positions. It lets employers know why you are interested in the position and their organization.
If you are required to include salary requirements, always state your requirements in a range and that you want to learn more about the position by meeting with them. Form your response on the basis of your research, not your personal need, such as: “Based on the research I have done for this position, it seems the salary range is…”
If an employer asks you to include salary history, avoid answering. This question is illegal in an increasing number of states.