Is Your Resume "Robot Ready?" If You Aren't Sure, Follow These Tips


You may not realize this, but 75% of resumes submitted for job applications are NEVER seen by human eyes!

 “How is that possible?” you might be wondering.

 The vast majority of companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), automated computer software, to pre-filter resumes. These digital reviews are conducted to weed out applicants who don’t meet basic job requirements and other pre-determined criteria without wasting the time of valuable human resources staff.  In fact, more than 95% of Fortune 500 companies use ATS to streamline the recruiting process.

There are several things you need to keep in mind when crafting your resume to make sure it is “robot-friendly” so you don’t inadvertently disqualify yourself.  Here are some basic guidelines:

  1. Keep it simple: Don’t use any creative fonts, colors or logos because they can be easily misread by the software.
  2. Use generic job titles: ATS looks for keywords. If those...
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LinkedIn Connections Done Right

A few months ago my 10-year-old daughter participated in a talent show while we were on a cruise. My husband and I were encouraged to enjoy the show rather than watching it from behind a camera lens because it was being recorded and posted on social media. We approached the Communications Director afterward to ask about accessing the recording and were told it would be posted on TikTok. Puzzled, we looked at each other, “What’s TikTok?” We were informed, “It’s the newest thing. All the kids are using it.” Apparently, we are no longer “kids.”

Regardless of whether you love or hate social media, it is here to stay. While there are plenty of social media platforms you can probably live without, LinkedIn is not one of them if you are on the job market or want to increase your professional status.

Globally, LinkedIn is the largest social media platform designed specifically for professional networking, employment opportunities, personal...

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WINNING Resume Tips to Get Noticed by Employers


If you are like most job seekers, you apply for jobs with the expectation that you will get a call for an interview. But this isn’t what always happens.  It can be frustrating to continually submit resumes for open job positions but never hear back from recruiters and hiring managers.

In today’s video, I give you six (6) tips to help your resume get noticed for all the right reasons.  The major things to keep in mind while writing your resume is that:

  1. Less is more,
  2. Make every word count,
  3. Focus on accomplishments and quantify details,
  4. List relevant and impressive skills,
  5. Objectives are out, summaries are in, and
  6. Proofread, proofread, proofread.

If you are interested in getting a copy of the WINNING resume guide mentioned in the video, please click here:

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The Story Behind the WSSR Brand

Hello. Welcome to Winning Six Second Resumes!

Since this is the inaugural blog post for my new business and website, I thought it would be good to start off with the backstory.

It seems everyone these days is interested in branding. We know all about the most powerful company brands- McDonald’s, Apple, and Disney, to name a few. The Kardashians have taken personal branding to a whole new level. And I suspect there will be some new brands that emerge from the Coronavirus pandemic, likely in the form of masks, pharmaceuticals or cleaning products.

As an academic, when I decided to start my own career services business, I did my research about how I should brand it. Lots of evidence pointed to using a branded company name. Opposing data suggested branding my own name and then offering career services under it. Since it was a toss up, I decided to leverage the industry standard of six seconds.

As I’ve told more and more people about WSSR, I continually get a confused,...

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