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Quick Note: How Not To Get a Job

March 4, 2012

Are you looking for a job? Ever wonder how the computer processes your resume? It turns out that it doesn’t do it very well. “5 Insider Secrets for Beating Applicant Tracking Systems” in discusses the most commonly used resume processing software and its weaknesses.

Surely, you might think, those systems help employers find the best candidate for the job. According to , author of the article, “applicant tracking systems are the bane of legions of job seekers. These systems, which employers use to manage job openings across their enterprises and screen incoming resumes from job seekers, kill 75 percent of candidates’ chances of landing an interview as soon as they submit their resumes, according to job search services provider Preptel.” [all italics added by to excerpts from the article]

In fact, Levinson explains that “if a job seeker’s resume isn’t formatted the right way and doesn’t contain the right keywords and phrases, the applicant tracking system will misread it and rank it as a bad match with the job opening, regardless of the candidate’s qualifications.

The article does a nice job of explaining the mechanics of the systems and hint at how to avoid getting your resume trapped in tar pit of mis-formatted resumes. This article is definitely worth a look.

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