While not all ATS will scramble your resume like this, many will. The trouble is, you have no way of knowing if the recruiter for that great job is using one that is user friendly to your resume or not. The solution is never to use a resume format that runs the risk of getting abused by technology. There are best resume formats that are safe to use and will avoid your resume going into that dreaded "resume black hole."
I recall an HR Director who wanted me to coach him on his interviewing skills. He told me the "secret" to his "great" resume. He just keyword searched resumes in his company's database, pulled out ones he liked that closely matched his skills, and pasted together the document. When I questioned his ethics, he just shrugged his shoulders and said, "it's common practice."
By simply changing the contact information, and utilizing 'copy and paste' techniques, your unique and valued resume can propagate on a multitude of job posting boards and recruiter's desks with another person's name within the 'contact' information. There are now multiple candidates competing for jobs within your market sector with identical resumes and different names.
Obsess - Don't obsess over the length of the resume but focus on the content. Also, personal pronouns like "I", 'me" should be avoided, as it might pose you as an egoistic person. Ideally, it's one or two pages that tell the person reading it about your accomplishments and indicate the value that you can bring to the company you are applying to.
Myth #2: Provide a list of your personal interests. You may love scuba diving, have a cat weighing 93 pounds, and were the secretary in your neighborhood cross-stitch association, but how relevant are those details in your professional life? The answer: not. Generally speaking, hiring managers are interested in how you can make or save their company money. If the "personal interest" details you listed are not relevant to that overall goal, forget it. They simply take up space and distract from the focus of your resume.
Next we need to make sure you have a video resume. If this sounds unusual to you, you're not alone. However, you may soon be. Video resumes are becoming the new way for job candidates, especially in the creative industries, to make a positive impression on hiring managers. Sites like YouTube and Vimeo are now becoming common places to view qualified candidates resumes, highlighting an individuals qualities, and a well-equipped video services firm can help you put your video resume together.
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