In our digital world, we devote countless hours to submitting applications online. But most resumes contain simple mistakes that remove them from ever being considered, especially if the employer is using an Applicant Tracking System. Here are 5 simple mistakes you can easily correct:
• File Format – Many employers use an applicant tracking system like PeopleSoft or Taleo, and those programs can’t read pdf files. If the computer is the first gatekeeper and it can’t process your resume, then you’re out of the competition before you’ve even started. Use .doc instead.
• Email Address – Sounds like a no-brainer, but you need to have a professional email address from which you are submitting your resume. According to statistics compiled by BeHiring, 76% of resumes are ignored if the email address isn’t professional. name@whatever .com will do just fine.