“Drown-proofing” Your Resume

Your Career CompassMany job seekers feel “swamped,” like being pitched overboard from their boats in the challenging waters of career transition.  When they lose their job, they realize that they have not provided themselves with the appropriate life preserver.  In today’s digital world of recruitment, the traditional approaches to job search seem to provide more opportunities to drown, than to survive and thrive…

Many job applicants and resumes must first survive the applicant tracking system (ATS) before a live person even looks at them.  Even experienced and strong swimmers know to wear their life jackets in challenging waters.


Next week’s session: Thursday, June 23rd… Developing Your Personal Marketing Plan (PMP) BEING prepared for a productive and efficient job search.


Pilot OnboardIn “Embracing the OTHER Job Market,” we learn to be aware of our surroundings in the challenging waters of career transition.  We learn to provide ourselves with supportive career strategies to avoid the “black hole” of Internet job and resume banks… So, to come back on point, job seekers need to find out how to get your resume ranked highly within applicant tracking systems, so that it can then go on to the real human beings who will call you for interviews.

An ATS is a type of software application that handles the recruitment process, namely by sorting through thousands of resumes, to determine which ones are the best fit for the positions for which they were submitted. Applicant tracking systems do not process your resume so differently from recruiters glancing at your resume, as both are looking for certain criteria for inclusion. Whereas human recruiters are often looking for grounds for automatic rejection, such as spelling errors or lack of relevant skills, applicant tracking systems operate by searching resumes for keywords.

USER-friendly applicant tracking systems…

Applicant tracking systems help employers save time and paper and help them stay organized. Without them, recruiters would have to spend much more time filing and shredding papers or moving and deleting emails. With applicant tracking systems, there is no risk of an employer accidentally deleting the email containing the resume of the applicant the company wants to hire. An ATS also makes it easy for employers to keep tabs on the hiring process and to communicate with applicants directly.

Applicant tracking systems were first used by large corporations that receive thousands of applications, but smaller businesses are now also using them. Just as companies use software applications and other dashboards to keep track of relevant information on their customers, using similar software to organize information on prospective employees makes sense for employers of all sizes.

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