I'd be interested in finding out who thinks having a qualification = having experience. Here's my view http://workonlineblog.com/qualification-does-not-equal-experience/What's yours?
I have a Masters Degree and working on my PhD and can't even get a Part-time Museum job. I'm truly beginning to doubt the worth of my degree.
If the world seriously relied on degrees to prove one can actually sort the important stuff out for companies then very good people, many of whom have created world beating startups, would get no where. Can you solve problems, do you care enough to do it right and do it well, will you teach yourself and learn from others and will you work hard? That should be enough. Stuff the ATS - inhuman, miserable system indeed. Horrible idea. Companies are built of people, businesses are about people and people should make the important decisions.
Furthermore, if the only way a company will select candidates is based on this? I wouldn't want to bother them.
My advice is know what you want and be consistant and persistant. I did not have a degree of any kind when I applied for a job as mail clerk in a small neighborhood bank through an employment agency. I got that job and when the opportunity presented itself signed up for night classes in bank related subjects offered by the American Institute of Banking. I took two classes at a time attending Tuesdays and Thursdays. A junior officer of the bank happened to run into me during a break and we got to talking and became friends. He was impressed that I had the notion to improve myself and advance in banking. He pushed the Personel Director to advance me every time there was an opening. Eventualy I attained the position of Assistant Vice president and was in charge of the banks' security program. After fourteen years with that bank I moved on to aother as Vice President for nine years. When that bank was bought by a group of Columbian Investers I stayed on. The President resigned when the change over took place and the Columbian group put one of their people in the position of Vice President and we ran without a President for about a year. Then I was told that at their last board meeting I had been elected President since I was virtually running the bank at that time anyway. Of course I accepted.
Try doing this at age 61.
Become an Obama Supporter and go on welfare for a living.
Do you work at being an ass, or does it come naturally?
If you're not related to someone or know someone on the inside, your application might as well be a cardboard sign.
You might have to accept a lesser position than the one you want to end up with. Be patient.and show them what you can do. Most business' prefer to promote from within.