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Easy-peasy steps to increase your chances of being hired by 70% with an accurate ATS-friendly resume

Updated: Jan 15, 2023

A resume should convey an applicant's professional goals and accomplishments in less than two pages while reflecting their personality through clear presentation graphics.

The content of your resume is crucial if you want to catch a recruiter's attention; You should aim for clarity of presentation, the ability to synthesize information, and fluency.

According to Wikipedia, an applicant tracking system (ATS) is software that allows for the electronic management of recruitment and hiring needs.

ATSs can be built or accessed online at the enterprise or small-business level, depending on the organization's needs. It is also free and open-source ATS software.

The primary advantage of using an ATS to manage your resume is that it increases the likelihood that a hiring manager will view your application.

This occurs because your resume is more likely to appear in search results when using an ATS.

Do not give up hope if you struggle to put together a quick but accurate summary of who you are, what you've accomplished, and what you've studied or done.

Companies only care about a handful of things, but those things are significant.

A well-developed resume follows a block format and is broken down into sections.


Personal Information: Personally Identifiable Information, such as a person's name, surname, address, telephone number, place of birth, and marital status.

Educational Background: They are listed in reverse chronological order, beginning with the most recent experience (master's or degree) and working backward to the highest level of education achieved (high school diploma).

If the school grades are satisfactory, you should include them; otherwise, it is preferable not to include them. Notate what the subject of the dissertation will be.

Professional Experience: Current and past jobs, always starting with the job regarding goals and responsibilities, dependencies, collaborators, etc., and going backward in time.

In this section, you should detail any information and expertise you have gained, including what you can do and in what areas, what techniques you use, whether or not it is transferable to other fields, and your strengths and weaknesses.

For those with a wide range of professional experiences, switch the order around and talk about your training first, followed by your work experience (beginning with the most recent of those experiences). In point of fact, whoever reads your resume to make a selection is more interested in the things you can do.

It is appropriate to describe the level of the candidate's ability concerning text comprehension, conversation, and translation when discussing their knowledge of foreign languages.

Soft and Technical Skills: Technical or Computer Skills, including several programming languages, being able to operate various software packages, and having specific experience with graphics, management, and database systems. Create bulleted lists to bring more organization and clarity to the image.

Soft skills should also include Communication skills, Team Management, etc.

Non-Professional Interests: Hobbies and cultural pursuits are examples of non-professional interests. Adding non-professional interests will help humanize your resume.

Motivation and Aspirations: Aspirations are defined as future-oriented plans. Occupational aspirations, career goals, and personal ambitions. This section is required for seamless integration with the others. Whether or not a style is consistent is one thing that can help you decide which one to use for your resume.


Your resume needs to be brief because the reader can only devote a certain amount of time to learning about you, and this time is limited. Therefore, it needs to be brief but should not be scant.

  • Fluid and straightforward to read. The environment is quite open and airy, making it possible to get through reading assignments in a short amount of time.

  • Simple and clear, but not dry and detailed, but without getting fussy and devoid of "evaluative" connotations, but at the same time personal and effective, that is, being able to give a brilliant image of oneself taken care of from a graphic point of view: without errors, written in an orderly manner, and pleasant to look at.

  • Use the right Keywords: Remember you are creating an ATS-friendly resume. Your format will determine how easily computers can read and analyze your information. Include keywords from the job description if you want to be considered.

Pro tip: Do your research on the company you're applying to and "tailor" your CV accordingly to reach its intended recipient.

Regularly add any relevant new training, work experience, education, special events, or certifications to your resume.

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