Don’t Use Self Ranking Resumes – Here’s Why!

Don’t Use Self Ranking Resumes – Here’s Why!


Have you seen the resume templates that use self ranking skill levels? They’re eye-catching, aren’t they? You can usually
cram all your information on to one page. But do you know what most employers
really think of them? Do you know why most people should avoid using the self
ranking system on their resumes? In this video I’ll explain why these types of
resumes are counterproductive to your job searching and why you should avoid using them. I’ll also show you a better way to present your details in a way that will
capture the eye of the recruiters and secure you more job interviews. Stay
tuned! Hi I’m Matt from zoodal.com where we have
a unique resume builder with suggestions to help you complete each section of your
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and job interviews. So you’ve seen the resume templates that have the self
ranking of skills and abilities. They look modern and many designs are eye-catching. You can download pre-made templates so that the tedious design
work is done for you. All you have to do is add in your details. An added bonus is
that often your two or three page resume is now just one page in length. But ask
yourself this, have you been receiving requests for job interviews using the
templates that use self ranking systems. Do you realize that most employers
dislike the use of the resumes self ranking system? Do you know why? Well it’s because there’s no way to verify the differences between your five star
skill rating and the employer’s requirements. The ranking is totally subjective to the
writer of the resume. What you may think is a 5 out of 5 star ranking of your
skill or ability may only be a 1 or 2 star in the eyes of the employer. Also,
the recruiter may be seeking an applicant with a specific skillset and
range of knowledge but will be unable to determine your skill set from your self
ranking because it lacks any details and is unverifiable. Instead, it’s best to
justify your skill set and knowledge base with details and numbers. Here’s
some examples of justifying skills and abilities using details and numbers over
the self ranking system. Led a sales team of eight to exceed monthly quotas for 12
consecutive months with 8 million dollars in new sales for the year. Graduated with
honors on the Dean’s List 3 years in a row and won the University academic gold medal in my second year. Extensive experience over 4 years organizing
conferences for more than 300 attendees which included booking conference venues,
speakers, travel accommodation, meals, social activities and more. 5 years
experience using XYZ software. Excellent knowledge of performance tabs, key
ranking objectives and certified in creating reporting macros.
Too many people think that a resume must be one page or less so they try to fill
in as much information onto one page as possible sacrificing information. If an employee is reading your resume and they like what they read they’ll continue to
read the second or third page. We suggest you ditch the modern design resumes and
use the traditional and proven resume design. Most employers prefer a simply laid out and presented resume over a graphic intensive document. When it comes to
reading a resume, the majority of employers prefer to scan each resume in
a linear fashion that is scanned from top to bottom and not have to refer to
other sections of the resume to continue reading. We have a link to a video of
which resume styles work best in the description below. Lastly, don’t worry
about repeating the use of keywords throughout your resume. Actually the more you use them the better. Just as long as you don’t overuse the keywords. Many
large organizations use applicant tracking software to read your resume.
The ATS will automatically scan your use of keywords and rank your resume on the
number of times certain keywords appear on your resume. We have a dedicated video on the ATS and how to format your resume to maximize your ATS ranking.
Your resume will then be automatically ranked against other applicants. Just
another reason to ditch the self ranking resume system and use keywords and
descriptions to describe your skills and abilities. Leave a comment below to start
a discussion about your experience with using the self ranking resume system. I
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Have you got the best resume and cover letter for the jobs you’re applying for?
At zoodal.com we have a unique resume builder that allows you to create
professional and polished resumes and cover letters in just minutes, complete
with automatic formatting and styling and suggestions to help you complete
each section of your resume and cover letters. Use of the Zoodal website is
free for limited use and paid subscriptions are available that offer
greater benefits and access to more resources. Links to other supporting
videos are in the comments below. I hope to see you in the next video.
Happy job hunting.

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