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Ian Siegel

How to Accelerate Your Job Search, Stand Out, and Land Your Next Great Opportunity

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    Get your résumé right, get past the bots, and don’t lose a job because of a typo!

    Forget all you think you know about writing a résumé – things have changed. These days, more than 75 percent of résumés are read first by robots, so your main aim is to get past them. But how?

    First, forget fancy and go for something simple – boring, even. Don’t use boxes, columns, tables, headers and footers, logos, or nonstandard fonts.

    Next, change any weird job titles to something generic that robots recognize. Better still, if the employer is using specific job titles, you should use them, too.

    Finally, the author suggests that you write like a caveman. That means keeping your language clear and simple. This makes it easier for bots to summarize your résumé. Studies also suggest that recruiters look at your résumé for as little as 7.4 seconds – just enough time to check your qualifications. So clarity and simplicity are the way to go.

    The key message here is: Get your résumé right, get past the bots, and don’t lose a job because of a typo!

    And how do you get the content right? 

    Well, first of all, get the basics in there: your full name, address, phone number, and email address. Include a summary paragraph if you have extensive experience, or a résumé longer than a page.

    Next, detail your work experience. State where you worked – including generic job title, company name and location; what you did; and the impact you had – use numbers if you can. For example, don’t write, “Burrito maker.” Instead, write, “Made 1,000 burritos per week.” Your most recent job should be first. If you’re a creative, remember to include links to your portfolio.

    Your education section should only include high-school results if you haven’t completed any higher education. And when it comes to listing your skills, be precise about them, and include how long you’ve used them.

    Be honest about gaps in your work experience, and own them. For example, if you were laid off, say so, and describe why. If you were fired, on the other hand, don’t mention it – get yourself past the bots first, and explain what happened in the interview. If you stayed home to raise children, you can even make this humorous: “Changed 6,729 diapers” for example, or “Reduced crying time by over 63 percent.”

    Finally, whatever you do, double-check your spelling and grammar. Get a friend to check it, too. Errors here scream, This person has poor attention to detail. Don’t lose a job opportunity because of a simple typo!

    And yes, consider paying a résumé-writing service. This is their job and they’re specialists at it.

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    What is Get Hired Now! about?

    Get Hired Now! (2021) provides a step-by-step guide to finding a job and getting hired. It covers how to find the right job vacancies, write a first-class résumé that gets past the robots, dress and perform well at interviews, and how to negotiate that job offer!

    Who should read Get Hired Now!?

    • Job seekers looking to up their game
    • Anyone who needs to know how to write a fit-for-purpose résumé
    • Interviewees who want to ace their job interviews

    About the Author

    Ian Siegel is the CEO and cofounder of ZipRecruiter, an online employment marketplace for both job seekers and employers. Previously, he held leadership roles at companies such as CitySearch and 

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