Second, you can seek out someone who has worked as a hiring manager, or who still does as long as they don’t work for the company you are applying to, and ask them to assess your resume. Third, you can purchase a professional resume check from someone who provides that service. And finally, you can use an AI resume checker online to get an idea of how an ATS will treat your resume. This option is fairly accessible and can be effective because these programs tend to also offer a resume score and improvement suggestions. There are even some websites that will offer a free resume review for newcomers.
Of course, you don’t need to wait until you get a resume check to ensure that your resume and cover letter are ATS-friendly. ResumeHelp has an excellent resume builder and many resume templates that include job-specific suggestions that can make your job application more appealing to hiring managers. Using professional resume templates can also ensure that basic design elements like font and margin size are in order. Small details like this, as well as the presence or absence of buzzwords, typos, and grammatical errors all impact the “grade” ATS will give your resume.
If there are issues in your employment or skills section
If the issues are found in your work history or skills section you should first assess if you have the right skills and experience. If you do, it’s simply a matter of adding the appropriate skills or job experiences to your resume. If you don’t, you can take steps to fill this gap in another way (for example by featuring a relevant internship), focus on important skills, or take the time to acquire the skills and experience you need.
If there are design issues
Sometimes the resume is fine, but the way it is presented leaves something to be desired, resulting in a document that ATS has difficulty “reading.” In this case, all you really need to do is switch to a more straightforward, appropriate resume layout or template.
If you lack the required certifications
If you lack the right qualifications or certifications you can either highlight equivalent experiences or skills that you have or get any needed certifications.
If you address all of the concerns that your resume check brings to light, you will have a much higher chance of a successful job application (and a brief job search). If the resume check indicates that you are not yet a good candidate for the job title you want, however, don’t give up. All you have to do is address the gaps in your experience or skills and you will be able to try again!
A resume check may not be mandatory, but doing any kind of double-check is highly recommended as it will increase your chances of success. How you have your resume checked is up to you.
You should have your resume checked any time that you make significant changes to the content or layout.
If you’re submitting your resume to a checking site or system, you will simply need a copy of your resume in a readable format, such as straight text, PDF or Microsoft Word. You will then upload your document to a resume checker.