Make Sure Your
Resume Gets Past
Most large employers (Google,
Facebook, Cisco, LinkedIn, etc.),
and now many small and mid-size
companies, use what is known as
an Applicant Tracking System.
These systems are designed to
“weed” out applicants that aren’t a
match and also to help recruiters
ﬁnd candidates that may be a ﬁt
for a speciﬁc position or company.
To get past the Applicant Tracking
System and make it to the recruiter
or hiring team, students need to
identify the keywords and skills
listed in the job description and
provide a focused snapshot of
their story. These systems are so
savvy they not only track for
speciﬁc words but also the context,
so make sure you are clear in
describing not only what you did
but also the impact, results and
achievements of the action. If you
apply online there’s a good chance
a system is screening for keywords
and context, so be aware of this,
read the job posting thoroughly,
and match your resume to that
speciﬁc posting. If submitting your
resume to a general dropbox, then
be sure your resume is focused
and reﬂects your skills, knowledge,
Writing a Resume That
Stands out to Employers
The question we are asked most often is, “how do I make my resume
stand out?” So we think the response deserves its own section.
Whether you are bringing your resume to a career fair, applying
online, or sending it via email, there is no magical formula to this
answer. Why? Because it is a very subjective process and depends on
the person viewing it and their opinions. If we were to line up 20
recruiters and hiring managers and asked them this question, each
might have a different answer because what stands out to one
person may not to another. What this means for a job or internship
seeker is that there is not just one way to write your resume. Not just
one format that will land you an interview. Not just one magical
statement that will make the employer come crawling. There are,
however, a combination of things you can do to ensure your resume
has an impact on its viewer.
These 4 Resume Writing steps were developed using feedback from
ofessionals to help students create a resume that will
capture the employer’s attention.
1. Know what the employer is looking for in a candidate and why.
ad the job description thoroughly, talk to people who work for the
company, read about the company online. Do your research!
2. Determine your value proposition. Once you know what the
employer is looking for,
describe your skills, knowledge, and abilities,
that meet the position requirements. Then describe how you
successfully achieved results.
3. Include results-statements and skills in the order the employer is
Most employers take 30-60 seconds to scan your resume,
so include the most important things ﬁrst.
4. Reﬂect on other skills, qualities, achievements, and experiences
you want to highlight. Many students feel they need to omit
elated experiences from their resume, but if the skills
you developed in these experience add impact and distinguish you
from other candidates, this can be especially beneﬁcial.
5. Edit, edit, edit. Once your story is clear, check over for keywords,
and spelling and grammar.