It’s hard for me to get excited these days about resumes. Like annual performance reviews, they are just “part of the process.” And despite the amount of time people spend on them, resumes do a poor job of selling people 99% of the time. For those of you who struggle with the “black hole” your resume seems to enter once submitted to a company, I’d like to introduce you to RÉSUNATE.
Note: RÉSUNATE is not a client. I’d like them to be, but alas…not as of this writing!
I originally wrote about RÉSUNATE in my U.S. News & World Report column on March 25, 2011. Then in private beta, here’s what I wrote:
RÉSUNATE is a new web app that matches experiences from an old resume (or LinkedIn profile) against job descriptions to automatically create perfectly tailored resumes. Basically, RÉSUNATE aims to be a universal way to apply to all companies. It’s free for your first 25 job applications with the opportunity to earn more by referring others to the service. This summer, RÉSUNATE will offer organizations free widgets to help better integrate their app with applicant tracking systems.
Good news: RÉSUNATE is now live! Here’s how it works:
After you create a profile, which mainly consists of your LinkedIn profile, old resumes, and anything else you’d like to add, you then locate a job description online to which you’d like to tailor your resume. This is where the awesomeness happens.
Copy and paste the job description and click “Focus.”
While you are still able to make any changes you want manually, the hard work has been done for you!
Although I hope you’re not, for those of you wondering why you wouldn’t turn in the exact same resume to every organization, here’s a great explanation from RÉSUNATE:
Employers take, on average, less than 10 seconds to review your resume. So you have to make an impression count. By showcasing your most relevant skills, you are not only more likely to be remembered, but also more likely to rank higher in automated screening systems called applicant tracking systems (ATS) used by the majority of employers.
Employers use ATSs to extract candidate information into a searchable database. Once the information is extracted, employers either search for the most qualified candidates by inputting keywords and phrases, or rely on the ATS to recommed candidates for their job requisitions using a semantic match. Employers then see candidates much like results in a search engine, in ranked order. By having your most relevant experiences in an easy to search format, employer ATSs are more likely to rank you higher in candidate searches.
As a breakthrough in resume building, RÉSUNATE is the first product to provide job seekers similar technology as employers use, to automatically focus your resume to different job opportunities.
As if all this wasn’t enough, RÉSUNATE offers additional features:
- Lifetime professional profile: A private organized repository of all your professional experiences, securely hosted online. Your LinkedIn pals can’t even see it!
- Templates:Instead of artists, employers and career coaches created our resume templates because those are the folks who are reading your resume.
- Cross-platform resumes: You can download your resume in cross-platform PDF format from any Internet-accessible device.
- Manage unlimited resumes: Bye-bye folders, and Excel and Google Docs spreadsheets! Keep track of all your job applications.
Have you tried RÉSUNATE? What did you think? Please leave your feedback below!