How Many Robots Does it Take To Read a Resume?

If you’ve ever applied to a job online and never heard a single beep in return, it may be because robot eyes didn’t find your resume friendly enough.

Resume scanning software has been around awhile, but it seems that newer tech has made robot assistance much more prevalent and pervasive, making it less likely your sterling qualifications will ever be seen by a person.

How do you get your resume to survive the robot revolution? This infographic by Hire Right doesn’t want you to panic; check out the stats, the obstacles, the dos, and the don’ts:



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Why Salaries and Resumes Don’t Mix

“Your brother has a job interview,” my dad said over the phone. “He’s going to ask for $X to $X/hr range.”

That’s great, I thought. Getting an interview is awesome anytime, but in this economy? Priceless. For more than a year my brother’s been in a job that continuously lays off its staff for weeks at a time. He has no benefits and he’s living a little hand-to-mouth. He’s okay, but he’d like to be better.

Then my dad said the fatal words. “He also has his desired salary range on his resume.”

Hold on. On his resume?

The #1 bargaining chip you have is your salary range. You give that away up front, and one of two things will happen: You’ll either be discounted before your resume even gets to the hiring manager, or they’ll gladly take you at your lowest denominator, leaving you with no room for negotiation.

“It’s admittedly risky to mention salary requirements in your resume unless the prospective employer has explicitly requested it,” states Resume Tips: How To Determine & Articulate Your Salary Requirements. “Furthermore, it may automatically eliminate you from the employer’s hiring pool, convey your dissatisfaction working at a lower salary, or trap you into accepting a weak compensation package.”

Of course you want an interview. Even better, you want a job. Regardless, your resume is no place for you to give away your sale price. You might as well just hand the potential employer a license to walk all over you. If you must put something down due to stringent application requirements, put a range in italics and include that you are open to negotiation in bold.

And remember, while you’re showing how much you want the job and how much you’ll benefit the company, you also want them to show how they’re a good fit for you. Happy employees make for successful businesses, so give the employer a chance to buy in to what you’ve got to offer. Just because you’re out of work doesn’t mean you’ve lost all your previous work experience and skills. You’re a valuable person with a lot to offer!

What tips do you have for revealing your salary range (if ever)?

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Writing a Better Resume

Even with all the networking, personal branding and social twittering that keep the internet alive and well, your resume can still be the first impression of you that recruiters and employers have, whether a paper copy lands on their desk or they’re scanning your work history on LinkedIn.

So what’s your resume saying about you?

Our Twitter #careerchat went beyond the basics of resume-writing with career coaches Laura Parrino Byxbe from Right Management (@LauraByxbe), Donna Svei from (@AvidCareerist) and recruiting experts Jenny Mayotte and Jill Kempka from Manpower (@ManpowerProUs and @manpowerus). We discussed traditional and non-traditional approaches (such as the video resumes), how to handle employment gaps, and tips for making yourself stand out from the crowd.

Quick takeaways from the chat:

  • Don’t send a generic resume. Tailor your experience and qualifications to the requirements of each position.
  • Skip the objective: The reader already knows why you’re applying.
  • Include soft skills that make you stand out from your peers, such as the “technician with great people skills.”
  • Remember, the best format is the one preferred by the hiring manager. Make it easy for them to find out who you are and what you provide.
  • Quantify your accomplishments. Use numbers and percentages to help showcase your results.
  • Include links to your website, blog, LinkedIn profile and any other relevant resource in your contact details at the top. Double-check to make sure they work.


Special thanks to our top participants: @kimkabob, @AnneMessenger, @DrWoody, @myFootpath, @AnneMessenger, @Kblennon, @jwarrenny, @Beamena, @ComeRecommended, @navitasHR, @chriskongsvik, @Salestart, @laurenkgray, @inspiredtrain, @kbaumann and @rockthehunt.

Job seeker? Just want to get ahead in your career?

Join our Twitter #careerchat Tuesdays @ 12 PM CT to talk about everything from friending your boss on Facebook to personal branding to how to get a call back from recruiter.

How to join: Go to and follow the hashtag “careerchat” at noon CT every Tuesday!

Adapted from my post on