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St. Andrew's School
TO MANAGE THE SCHOOL'S COMPUTERS AND RELATED INVENTORY.
A+, Net+ and at least an Associate Degree/
Diploma in computers.
Send resume to:-
St. Andrew's School
16 Valleton Avenue,
Closing date:15th July 2014 0624019
No recruiter ever searches a resume
database or reads resumes for the fun of
it. Whenever they search for resumes, job
titles and skill sets from the formal Job
Description make up their primary search
terms. Here are five secrets that will dra-
matically improve your resume s results.
Rewards for keyword placement
As much as possible, front-load crucial
keywords at the beginning of your resume.
Resume database search algorithms reward
words near the top of a document, because
they are seen to help determine a document s
relevance. This affects the discoverability
of your resume.
It also affects the speed with which your
resume communicates critical skills to a
A recent retinal-scan study showed that
once a resume has been pulled from a
resume database, recruiters spend an average
of 6 seconds on a first-time scan.
Consequently, we continue to recommend
a Target Job Title followed by a Performance
Summary of no more than six lines.
This Performance Summary focuses on
the abilities you bring to the target job. In
turn, this focused opening to your resume
should be followed with a Professional Skills
section that lists the skills required by your
target job. This gives a recruiter plenty of
time to see the skills you bring to the table
in that first six-second scan.
Rewards for keyword frequency
A resume database search first finds all
resumes with even just one of the requested
keywords. The search engine next prioritizes
those key search terms based on their proximity
to the top of the document and then on their
frequency of use throughout the document.
A Professional Skills section near the top
of your resume, as we recommend at Knock-
emDead.com, delivers this, though there
are also other benefits.
Rewards for keyword prioritization
Ultimately, your resume will be read by a hiring
manager who really knows what s a "must have" and
what s a "nice to have" in this job.
The easiest way to explain this is with an example.
Awhile back, we did a resume for a dental assistant
(it s a job that sadly we have both had exposure to)
and she gave us a list of the important technical skills
of her job. We put her list of skills into three columns
(for visual accessibility) and gave it a Professional
Skills heading. Then something jumped out at me:
her list started with "Teeth whitening" and ended
with "Four-handed dentistry."
What was so terrible about this? In the West, we
read from left to right and top to bottom, so common
sense says that the most important skills for a job
should come before the less important skills. We
immediately prioritized her skills based on their
importance to the deliverables of the job; so that
"Four-handed dentistry" came first and Teeth
whitening" came just about last.
By prioritizing skills you are subtly telling the hiring
manager, that you have a firm grasp of the relative
importance of the necessary skills of your work. This
adds to the clear focus and power of the opening
first half page of your resume that will show that:
• Your skills backs up your statements of ability
• Your use of prioritization shows your understanding
of the relative importance of the component parts
of the job.
Rewards of recognizing the six-second scan
The result of following these directions is that in
the first half page of your resume, and well within
the time constraints of a recruiter s six second scan
you have told a clear and concise story of your ability
to do the job, and gone a long way towards earning
your place on the short list of candidates who will
be brought in for interview.
Rewards for keyword repetition in context
The first half page of your resume is built to make
your resume discoverable in database searches and
pass the six-second scan test. The balance of your
resume needs to support these claims and put them
in context for a discerning hiring manager. A step that
most resume writers forget is to repeat the skills employ-
ers see as critical within the context of all the jobs in
which you have applied them. Repeating your relevant
professional skills like this helps you in two ways:
• It helps the hiring manager see those skills in con-
text, and that helps her see a more complete picture
of the professional you.
• It increases the frequency of keywords, and as a
result the discoverability of the resume.
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