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Marketing Yourself in the form of a Resume

Getting through ATS with an optimized resume by mirroring Internet Marketing techniques

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As a professional in an ever-evolving world of technology, it is absolutely important to keep abreast of changes that occur within the standard operations of society and hiring processes. Not many realize that with the evolution of information systems, most hiring processes are initiated, if not fully executed, Online. Therefore, Hiring Managers and Executive Decision Makers are eliminating the number of resumes that they are scouring each week in order to streamline processes and maximize productivity in the job space, while keeping staffing down to a minimum. Let’s take a deeper look into this science and discover how to get passed all systems filters to, at least, be considered for the position that many are applying for.

Did you know, that as this World of Technology evolves, so does the way the business world approaches Talent Acquisitions and Recruiting? Professionals aren’t just sitting back behind a desk glancing over resumes on a day-to-day basis. Time is valuable and successful corporations are always looking for ways to cut back on unnecessary spending.

As earlier mentioned, many recruiters are more than likely sitting in front of a computer and pounding away at their keyboards, seeking out potential candidates that meet the specific needs of an employer. Whether it is a proprietary system, hosted on internal servers, or through a major job search platform, hiring personnel are able to search out the perfect candidate based on keywords searches. Often, more time is placed in discovering which keywords directly meet those needs of an employer than sifting through a plethora of candidates that do not meet them.

As many job search sites and resume writing services will point out, there is an algorithm in tact that allows recruiters to search for who they want and to avoid those that they do not. This system is dubbed “ATS,” a shortened version of “Applicant Tracking System;” and it is what will make or break a candidate’s forge to the top of the figurative totem pole.

You see, per position a company seeks to fulfill, an average of 250 to 300 candidates are competing to be seen and invited for interview. Unfortunately for most, they will never be seen. The “select few” will be invited to join the hiring process and asked to report for interview. Believe it or not, but many of the top professionals applying per position will actually be overlooked. Hence, these awesome candidates might never have their chance at a dream position and will remain in their current until they finally “hack” the system.

So, how do you hack this system? How do you rise to the top and become recognized as “cream of the crop?” This is simple. Treat your career path as a brand, while showcasing brandYOU through the use of Internet Marketing techniques to enhance your presence in tracking systems. While ATS works slightly differently than Search Engine Optimization (SEO), the core concepts are totally the same!

Similar to SEO, ATS seeks out applicants based on specific keywords. The more keywords to match word-for-word, the better! The applicant will score a higher position within this algorithm. Unlike SEO, these keywords must be presented exactly as described by qualifying terms, as opposed to being strategized for conversational, organic placement and tone. Industry-specific terminology is highly encouraged.

Resumes are expected to be matter of fact, while engaging readers in a professional and narrative description of an applicant’s work history. This means that a phrase, such as “preparation of slideshows” would hold little weight, if any, to “slideshow preparation.” It gets even more complex.

Because ATS seeks applicant achievement over duty, it would be wise to include the latter preceded by a strong action verb and a powerful adjective. Whereas one may include, “Engaged in slideshow preparation” on their resume, another may include “Developed and executed highly professional slideshow preparations.” Not only did the second choice include powerful descriptors, but it also showed process, ability and to what quality. It also showed that it happened on more than one occasion; and therefore, it was not a fluke!

While both verbiages may find themselves ranking higher within ATS than those without optimization, the achievement-based resume will soar much higher. Once these resumes reach the hands of the talent recruiters, which do you think will receive further consideration?

Keeping your language brief within a resume writing is the objective, but the manner in which this is done, is also important. In marketing yourself, you have to sell your achievements by showing how even your performance of duties have made a difference. Your resume must flow smoothly in keeping a reader engaged. As a matter of fact, your resume must flow smoothly, because your resume will merely be skimmed the first few times that it is read. Keeping content mapped out and consistent, the layout must reflect what the body is trying to convey to your future employer.

Structure is equally important to the Applicant Tracking System. Professional profiles may or may not be read with the ATS (The depends on the complexity of the engine being used.), but they must be present when distributing your resume to employers that do get to see your resume. Within each resume, it is highly recommended that one includes a “Competencies Section,” with word choices that must completely be spelled out, at least once prior to abbreviation throughout the resume. This section also acts as a meta tagged “keywords” section within SEO to enhance your resumes overall potential. While many include these keywords into a section described as “Areas of Expertise,” one merely should feel comfortable in their ability to complete duties found within.

Expanding upon the ideal that layouts and consistencies are important for ATS and in mapping out your career, layouts keep resumes organized, experiences highlighted and abilities grouped. It also helps ATS differentiate the content you are submitting, especially in the case of extracting information to a separate database. In a more traditional format, it leaves your resume more visually appealing, balancing out white and negative spacing, and allows your resume to be properly scanned over in the second round of the hiring process, therefore passing the “30-second test.”

In physical hiring processes, a hiring manager is opt to starting at the expertise section, scan through previous employers, read your full education level and then check out the rest of the resume. Sometimes, they go directly to education, skipping experience, altogether, and continue at your affiliations and technical proficiencies. If they are intrigued, they will return to your biography, and then they will read to see if you are worthy of the position they are moved to interview you for. You want to draw eyes to each section of your resume and encourage them to actually read what is written there. Avoid typos and formatting errors. They aren’t read by ATS and can negatively sway the hiring manager to dropping your resume into the garbage bin.

Speaking of garbage bin, industry rules have changed. You do not need to have a references section in your resume. You can drop that in the trash. Because many people lie about references and have others lie for them, it has become an unnecessary part of the resume process. It also takes up space that you can be using for something more valuable. It is wise, however, to keep a resume sheet on hand if your future employer requests one. This also goes for project sheets, which outline project histories, portfolio pieces and publications, unless you have a Curriculum Vitae (CV) resume type.

In creating proper spacing, keeping your resume to a proper link and utilizing negative space, one must consider level of hierarchy. While in ATS, there is no limit to how much space is being used. Understand, if you make it through the computerized process, a warm-blooded soul will be holding your resume in their hands. Length must be made appropriate to your level of hierarchy on the corporate ladder.

It is commonplace that professionals who have held tenure at a job site, entry-level personnel and students may only detail their resume to one page. However, there are some entry level personnel who hold hands with professionals of all industries that will find two-pages tells a clearer story of who they are, whether they have summarized this or are providing quality content in enhancing their resume to meet specific job descriptions. Hiring managers find it acceptable for medical personnel, executives and IT professionals to submit resumes at three to four pages.

Military personnel, medical doctors and professionals in the scientific community are expected to have four or more pages of resume material. This is where special resumes are created, distinctly prepared by federal standards and in CV-structured layouts. Most resumes only include the last 10-12 years to compensate for age-stereotyping hindrances in the hiring process. An undated summary statement may be italicized below to show evidence of a career journey and previous experience in correlation to older-yet-relevant positions held. Remember to present yourself how you want to be perceived. This is Branding 101.

While most resumes are lacking a graphic appeal, many new designs have found ways to give resumes a persona. After all, when looking at a resume, one becomes familiarized with the person that they are potentially hiring. Your layout will tell a hiring manager your level of expertise within the corporate machine. Graphic elements can hint at an “out-of-the-box” or innovative personality, highlighting your ability for creativity. The problem, however, is that ATS often has a hard time reading graphic resumes. And, while there are ways to get around this issue, most creative resumes suffer because some element or another is lacking in the process. Only a select few within the resume-writing world know how to get around this problem and can optimize your resume for discover in ATS engines.

Finally, in marketing yourself through a resume design, one must be aware of engine capabilities. While .doc extensions aren’t often looked at as a “finished project” in a world, where creating a .pdf document helps corporations protect against security and fraud while accepted as official and polished, .doc extensions are the most acceptable form of submission in this day. This document type provides ATS with an easier means of extracting your personal information than does .pdf, .rtf, .txt and even .docx.

Being mindful of your audience, keep both .pdf documents and .doc on hand at all times. After all, you may be submitting your resume directly to a decisionmaker and should plot to appear as polished as possible. In the end, it all comes down to one thing… brandYOU. How are you marketing yourself? What observation of your character would you like them to experience? Stay mindful of ATS when submitting resumes to corporate engines and job search sites; and remember, I am only a messenger of what experts have analyzed over the years and through experience. Good luck!

Other Contributions by Jessica N. Abraham

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The previous blogpost announced Jessica N. Abraham’s affiliation with The Examiner. But, we did not make mention of other contributions of interest. That being said, we wanted to bring to your attention two items of importance:

  1. Jessica N. Abraham has been writing for The Associated Content (now Yahoo! Contributor Network) for many years. Previously, she worked under a penname and reported on the world of Entertainment Business, Scams and Shorty Produkshins material. As 2013 dawned, Jessica N. Abraham joined the network under her own name to provide the world with content related to Internet Marketing, Entertainment Business, Shorty Produkshins, Orlando, and Pittsburgh!


  1. Jessica N. Abraham has a blog dedicated to Internet Marketing. The content of this site includes tips, tricks and reviews of Internet Marketing products and services. It also clues you in on exciting new releases in the world of Internet Marketing.


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It is projected that mobile will be nearly the number one means of Internet connection in 2013. Whether a mobile phone or a tablet device, it is expected that top companies alone will be spending $4.6 Billion dollars in just Mobile Marketing alone. Previously, it is estimated that top companies, combined with small businesses, have only put .9% of their stock into mobile marketing, while nearly 16% of all 4 Billion global users show conversions through Mobile Marketing. The interesting fact in this equation is that a majority of these people will never and have never seen any form of Mobile Marketing ever, can you imagine if they have? “Jumping on the bandwagon” now might not be a bad thing, at least before Mobile Marketing becomes overly saturated like MySpace and now Facebook is becoming.

Truthfully, Internet Marketing will always live on, as long as we are “always connected.” Social Branding will always be around, as long as digital products can be shared and consumed and people feel the need for a personal connection with their most beloved brands. And, Events will always need marketed as long as people are looking for something to do. So, let’s bring all of these elements together as one into an action plan.

I have recently partnered with Trumpia. I have been using them for a while now and think they are an excellent choice for any size business or brand. They have high profile products and plans, as well as ones set for low budgets, starting at $25 a month!

Let me interject on the topic of Trumpia before going into detail about this Mobile Marketing.

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Why do I support what Trumpia is doing? What do I even like about their platform? Why do I continue using it?

I don’t know if you guys remember (and I think I even posted about this brand one time) SayNow.com. This company was acquired by Google and no longer alive. Soulja Boy was one to make it famous due to his “Kiss Me Through The Phone” song. Basically, if you called or text that number, you were automatically made part of the SayNow Network. You could cancel at any time. But, you could expect BRAND updates via text, voice, e-mail and so on. Picture messages and videos could be traded. Live calls and voice messages could be connected and so much more.

To me, Trumpia is the “grown up” version of SayNow with very beneficial features for businesses (large and small), venues, events, doctors offices, schools, artists, studios, actors, authors and more! There are data collection features that prove very invaluable to a brand. Personalization is present and even reaches consumers on a very personal level!

Short codes are given for simple text campaigns, as well as QR (Quick Response) Codes. There are apps and widgets available to users. Coupons can be sent to brand loyalists, along with e-Card options (for Viral efforts). Appointments can also be set and reminded of through the platform. These are only a few of the reasons I am loving Trumpia in all of its glory!

Can you see now how a business professional could take advantage of this option? Now, let me get back to Mobile Marketing. Mobile Marketing allows for instant access in private. Individuals have been clocked to check their cell phones for text messages every three minutes. They do this out of fear that they have missed a text, double checking before and after gaming, out of boredom, while answering and sending other texts, and in between app usage — including Social Networks! To be blunt, “hit them where it counts.” That’s the mission! that’s the goal! That’s what will take a brand to conversion!

For a full Mobile Marketing campaign to see success in maturation, there are other things that can be done by a firm or agency, like Shorty Produkshins, that will treat your Mobile Marketing efforts as if they were the only option, knowing that there are indeed other options out there. Treating Mobile Marketing as an Internet Marketing campaign with Mobile Targets, app creation, mobile advertisements, mobile sites and more are only the beginning. We have to paint the picture for the brand. We have to BRAND the brand. Branding it socially has just now became more personal and the user is always “DIRECTLY connected” to a brand!

Consumers and brands are always within reach. Constant-but-not-spammy contact is available to engage consumers in conversation. Brands can poll the consumers directly and know who THEY are specifically. By doing this, less money can be spent on research, as consumers tend to answer “more truthfully” in private, especially on personal mobile devices! By knowing what your consumer wants and needs, you are able to cater to them specifically and give them EXACTLY what they desire. You listened to them. They will never forget it. Loyalty, virallity and Word of Mouth has now been set into motion!

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