Using the Web for Work: Preptel: A Tool to Boost Your Resume Success

Using the Web for Work
By Kristen Jacoway
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Preptel: A Tool to Boost Your Resume Success

As a certified resume writer, I coach all my clients on the necessity to tailor his/her resume for the position for which they are applying. We discuss taking a highlighter and highlighting the nouns and noun phrases in the job posting and if those keywords are applicable to their background and experience, sprinkle those keywords within the resume. Many companies utilize resume tracking software, so if your resume is missing keywords, then your resume may never be read by a human.

I saw a tool on Pinterest recently called ‘Preptel’. Preptel will evaluate your uploaded resume against a job posting on their site. Preptel grades your resume against this job posting and helps you to identify the missing information and keywords on your resume. You can either use their job listing database or upload a job description you found elsewhere.

I tested this with my own resume and one of their job postings and found the keywords I potentially missed by not tweaking my resume with the job posting. However, Preptel did pull keywords that would not be relevant to put on a resume, such as 1:00 p.m. Tuesday and 11:00 a.m. Wednesday (work hours were listed on this particular posting) as well as 401K and vacation. However, it did pull some relevant terms that I would consider applying to my resume if it applied to my skills and abilities.

So, while it’s not a perfect tool, it is one that will help you to identify many of the missing keywords on your resume. You can actually edit your resume section by section within Preptel and download a new version that is customized for a particular position. The downloaded version will be in a TEXT format, meaning all the formatting has been stripped. TEXT versions work well in cut and paste environments online.

Kristen Jacoway is the principal of Career Design Coach and authored the book, “I’m in a Job Search-Now What???


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