Resumes - Career Connections Center at Westmoreland

A Critical Part of the Job Search Process

Creating an effective resume will help you land an interview and the job of your dreams.

1. Create your Master

All of your skills, education and experiences with dates in this version. It's your resume "filing cabinet".

2. Identify your skills

What soft and hard skills do you have?

3. Research & Analyze

Research job posts, now analyze it by creating your own system to highlight: Skills, Education and Other. 

4. Resume to Fit

Now you can create a one page resume that sells you and matches what the company wants! Don't forget to use action/power verbs for your skills and experiences.

Make sure to tailor your resume for each and every position you apply to.

Do NOT include references on the resume. Make a separate page/document for references and include their name, position, work address, phone, e-mail and years known.

Robot-friendly Resumes

Ever wonder who sees your resume after you click the 'submit application' button? Did you consider that it may not be landing in front of human eyes?

Many organizations now use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), a software application that helps employers with the time-consuming and expensive process of screening and filtering out hundreds of candidates.

This means that you have to make it past the robot eyes in order to progress your application. And with new eyes come new rules.

Why employers need robot assistance: On average, 144 people apply for each entry-level position. 89 people apply for each professional-level position. Large companies receive up to 75,000 applications in a week. Only 35% of candidates are qualified for the positions they seek. It costs a company about $3,479 to hire a new employee. An ATS is able to screen out approximately 75% of candidates. 95% of large organizations use ATSs. 50% of mid-sized organizations use ATSs.The Do’s

  • Use keywords from the job description in your resume
  • Put your contact information at the top of the page (but not in a header)
  • Use an executive summary and create a bulleted list of qualifications and skills
  • Use web-standard fonts (like Arial, Tahoma or Verdana)
  • When formatting work history, start with the employer’s name, followed by your title and the dates you held the title
  • Use proper capitalization and punctuation
  • Spell check
  • Upload the resume rather than cutting and pasting

The Don’ts

  • Don’t get hung up on fancy formatting. Focus on clearly organized sections.
  • Don’t use abbreviations. (Spell out “Manager” instead of “Mgr.”)
  • Don’t use tables
  • Don’t use graphics or logos
  • Don’t use headers or footers
  • Don’t submit a PDF. They are unreadable by some software.

Visit Jobscan to scan your resume to see how well your resume is tailored for a particular job and how it can be optimized for an Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

The Career Connections Center Team would love to help you make your  resume perfect, so after you’ve created it and want to discuss it contact our office at 724-925-4054 or email careers@westmoreland.edu. For the ATC, contact Diane Metz at metzd@westmoreland.edu or call 724-925-4167.