Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Applicant Tracking System (ATS) Tip

Keep the Format Simple

Do not use graphically designed resumes when submitting to jobs where it is obvious that an ATS system will be used.  ATS require cold conformity and simplicity. TDo not use any logos, pictures, symbols, and shadings. Also, stick to standard resume formatting in a normal font like Arial, Courier, or Times New Roman—the ATS can’t read fancy fonts and will reject your resume out of confusion.

Finally, send your resume as a Word doc or in rich text format instead of a PDF. Though ATS software is becoming better at reading PDFs, it can still miss important things when trying to process them.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Soft Skills > Hard Skills

You don’t need to be technical to be successful. Despite the prominence of technical jobs and skills, soft skills like management, leadership, and strategy are equally as important. The proof is in the data: 2,000 business leaders surveyed indicated the soft skills most in-demand are leadership, communication, collaboration, and time management. In fact, 57% of them said these soft skills are more important than hard skills.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Electronic Pile

The electronic pile refers to the stack of emails that can be found in hiring manager's inbox.  Using the subject line as a marketing tool, you can extend / change the subject line in order to catch the reader's eye with the intent of getting him / her to open your email and subsequently your resume.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Negotiable Items Other than Salary

Many people think that salary is the only negotiable item.  However, there are other line items that can be bargained:
Vacations – Do not believe the employee handbook.  Vacations can always be negotiated.
Benefits Coverage – The company can negotiate more favorable rates with insurance companies for your family members than you can secure on your own.
PTO – You can negotiate PTO with your boss, especially if you have to leave the office for family or health-related reasons.
Signing Bonus – Can be used to help defray the cost of benefits as well as lower base pay.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Job Search System is Broken

Find jobs online by submitting your research is a time sap and not necessarily a good use of your time.  The original websites for job search worked until the massive quantity rendered these sites inefficient. 

There are so many applicants to each position, mostly because there is no deterrent to submitting an application (if we paid for email, recruiters / hiring managers would receive less resumes).  Industry studies show that less than 3% of applicants are contacted from online job boards. 

What do you have - a process that is incapable of handling the demand - therefore it is broken, even with the use of applicant tracking systems (ATS).

I recommend that you concentrate on building your network / contacts in the industry / targeted companies.  I know it is hard and sometimes daunting but networking is the best way to find new opportunities.  

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Leave a Message...

Don’t assume that your phone # is on the receiver’s caller ID.  Many calls go straight to VM , plus cell phone technology has not stayed on pace with demand.  Therefore, always leave a message and always leave a return phone number.