Applicant Tracking Systems — the Myth Exposed

I love this article. It takes on the myth of the all important (at least in some people’s eyes) Applicant Tracking Systems.

While it makes sense to do your due diligence and tailor your resume to every job in which you are interested, you have to realize that your resume still might not land on a hiring manager’s desk.

As the author says,

Even if your resume is a perfect match for the job posting, you have a very small chance of being chosen for an interview. That’s because your resume is one of dozens or even hundreds competing for just a handful of top slots. It’s likely at least a few other candidates will have qualifications that are slightly stronger or a background that’s just a bit closer to the ideal specified by the recruiter or employer.

So it’s easy to spend a lot of fruitless time trying to rise to the top of a very large pool. And when you don’t, you feel frustrated, discouraged, maybe even depressed and angry.

She’s right.  If you’re really interested in a company, use your network to find people who can give you an introduction to a real person in that company.  These people may not be in a position to hire you, but they are in a position to get your resume in front of hiring managers.

Most companies have an employee referral incentive program.  They pay bonuses — usually $500 to $1,000 — to employees who refer candidates that get hired and remain with the company for a specified period, typically six to 12 months.

Networking opens up these kinds of opportunities for you.  It always has been and is still the best way to find a job.

Your career mentor,


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