Applicant Tracking Systems

  • How to Avoid the Résumé Black Hole

    How to Avoid the Résumé Black Hole

    Get those pesky tracking systems to work in your favor

    Are you resumes perpetually trapped in limbo? You might need to optimize your resume in order to get it through a company's applicant tracking system. Continue Reading

  • 8 Ways to Make Sure Your Application Gets Seen

    8 Ways to Make Sure Your Application Gets Seen

    By Anna Pitts Applying for jobs is a challenging task, one made all the more difficult when you know your recruiter has dozens of other applicants to consider. Instead of getting lost in the crowd, here are some things you can do to fast-track your resume to the front of a long queue: Continue Reading

  • A Trick To Get Your Resume Past Applicant Tracking Systems

    A Trick To Get Your Resume Past Applicant Tracking Systems

    By Vivian Giang When you apply for a job at a larger firm, there's a high chance that your resume will be scanned by a filtering software for words related to certain job vacancies. This kind of automation process will also reject your resume if it doesn't "meet traditional, business-dictated document... Continue Reading

  • 5 Critical Ways Job Search Has Changed -- And How To Make The Most Of It

    5 Critical Ways Job Search Has Changed -- And How To Make The Most Of It

    If you're looking for a job for the first time in a long time, you're probably stunned by how much has changed. Successful job seekers embrace the changes and take advantage of new technological opportunities. If you want to be successful and competitive in today's market, make sure to consider the following... Continue Reading

  • Using The Right Keywords On Your Resume Will Be Very Important In 2013

    Using The Right Keywords On Your Resume Will Be Very Important In 2013

    By Vivian Giang If you're applying for a position at a larger firm, your resume will likely be among hundreds - or even thousands - that recruiters receive, and if you don't use the right keywords, you'll risk a chance of never crossing a recruiter's radar. More and more companies are using a... Continue Reading

  • Starting An Online Job Search? 5 Things You Must Do

    Starting An Online Job Search? 5 Things You Must Do

    By Susan Ricker The Internet has completely transformed the job search. Job seekers moved from circling newspaper ads to searching online job boards and using social-media tools, while many companies now recruit and research job candidates using online resources. But for many, the new online job-search... Continue Reading

  • How To Make Sure Your Online Job Application Doesn't Get Tossed

    How To Make Sure Your Online Job Application Doesn't Get Tossed

    By Miriam Salpeter Statistics show that approximately 50 percent of mid-sized companies and almost all large corporations use an applicant tracking system (ATS) to screen candidates for job opportunities. There are a variety of reasons recruiters and hiring managers adopt this type of technology. With an... Continue Reading

  • Avoid These Dangerous Resume Mistakes

    Avoid These Dangerous Resume Mistakes

    You can design your resume to appear modern and appropriate for today's job search, but it is equally important to include relevant content to appeal to the hiring manager. Most companies today are using a computerized system (known as an applicant tracking system, or ATS) to evaluate your materials; this... Continue Reading

  • What You Don't Know About Job Search in 2012

    What You Don't Know About Job Search in 2012

    Given the amount of information and resources available to job seekers today, I'm sure you think there's nothing you don't know about looking for work in 2012. Well, here are three things you may not have realized about job search these days: Continue Reading

  • Over 50? 3 Tips For Writing An Ageless Resume

    Age discrimination is real. So, what can you do if you are over 50 and know hiring managers are screening you out? Some suggest leaving dates of graduation off your resume. Others suggest only listing your last 15 years of experience. The problem with these suggestions is recruiters are keen to them. Thus, if... Continue Reading

  • Is A Fancy Resume A Waste Of Time?

    Is A Fancy Resume A Waste Of Time?

    By Marian Schembari It's not even big news anymore when someone does something "crazy" to get a job. Whether it's a Google or Facebook advertisement, a shoe in a box, or a resume in Trafalgar Square, job seekers are getting more and more aggressive about standing out. Personally -- and as someone who has... Continue Reading

  • Do Cover Letters Help Get Interviews, Or Are They A Waste Of Time?

    Do Cover Letters Help Get Interviews, Or Are They A Waste Of Time?

    At the Secrets & Strategies career management group on LinkedIn this week, they were talking about some jobs guru who claimed cover letters are a waste of time and how you'll get more interviews if you stop using them. Another authority was cited as saying that hiring managers are peeved when they don't... Continue Reading

  • 3 Ways To Beat Applicant Tracking Systems

    3 Ways To Beat Applicant Tracking Systems

    By Mona Adbel-Halim Campus career centers were designed to aid both their students and their alumni during their job search needs. While resume advice and mock interviews are fine and dandy, you also need to work toward teaching your students how to navigate new technologies to obtain jobs. With the increase... Continue Reading

  • Why The Job Search Isn't As Brutal As You Think

    Why The Job Search Isn't As Brutal As You Think

    By Mary Marino One of the hottest topics these days are jobs, whether it's the lack of them, the level of unemployment, or even how unhappy people are in their current employment situation. Additionally, while a lot of the blame is put on the current state of the economy, it may not be as brutal as you... Continue Reading

  • What Happens When You Send Out a Resume?

    What Happens When You Send Out a Resume?

    By Mary Marino For job seekers, the process of finding and landing your dream career can be quite nerve-racking. Pair that with the fact that many job hunters don't really know what happens once they hit "send" and you've got a pretty confused group of people. It's a question we may not think about a lot:... Continue Reading