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Applicant Tracking System

Never Apply for a Job Through the Applicant Tracking System (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter Encourages you to avoid the applicant tracking system when you apply for a job and offers another way you can.

Summary

I want to speak with you today about how to best apply to an organization. Sometimes, they're going to go online and want to apply for job that you're interested in, look at their procedures for applying for a job.

nd guess what? They point to the applicant tracking system. Never, never, did I say never yet, never apply through an applicant tracking system. .

Why?

First of all, you just another piece of paper, just another piece of data at that point period. Human beings are not scanning the resume at that point; they have systems in place in these tracking systems that are looking for keywords that indicate that you fit the role. Unless it is the exact language that they're looking for, there is no discernment in the systems. They are going to reject you. Hence the use of the term, "the black hole."

Do you think the hiring manager is looking at your resume afterwards? The hiring manager at least has a shot at discerning whether or not you might fit this role. Often in organizations it is the least experienced person in HR whose job it is to do the final scan of what gets spit out of the systems and and, I must in all candor say, some firms are getting thousands of resumes a day there are little bit better than spam. I understand why they are doing it, but that doesn't mean that you as a qualified individual sit should subject yourself to it.

I don't believe you should ever apply for the job through and applicant tracking system like these. Taleo is is a huge offender. There others as well, but most of my clients use Taleo. If you see, you just click your way out. It is a waste of your time.

I'm encouraging you find the hiring manager hperiod ow do you do that? A couple of simple ways period.

Number 1 is, of course, LinkedIn. Get yourself connected with someone at the firm. You can do that by (number 1) by joining large numbers of groups with large numbers of members other within your field find, ing someone within the group whose a member and then sending them a private message asking them if they might know the hiring manager for such and such or could point you to someone who knows that individual who might know that individual.

Only apply to real people. Never ply to the HR organization. I used to have many good clients who were HR professionals. I m in all candor say there a lot who really don't give a darn. I wish it were different but the human resources that they management are there's, not the corporations. Don't apply to HR. Always try to apply to a hiring manager.

If you get turned down by the hiring manager for a job you were qualified for, it's your fault. You didn't do a good enough job to make case and you deserve to be turned down.

Always make sure your resume demonstrates your fit for the role, if it's not obvious as though a 6-year-old could read the resume and see the fit for the job, tailor your resume to the position description. Use exact language from it IF TRUE up to demonstrate you fit for the role. Otherwise, don't waste people's time.

Did you hear me?

Don't waste people's time.

You don't like getting spam about one thing or another. A res resume that doesn't demonstrate a fit for role is nothing better than spam. I will simply say always find someone, a real person, to apply to. Never apply to the HR organization. Only apply to hiring managers.

Always make sure your resume demonstrates the fit for the role by tailoring your resume to the specific position description and I can assure you they get some more interviews.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

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How Interviews and Applicant Tracking Systems Are Changing | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Job hunters refer to “the black hole” where their resume goes in and nothing comes out. Employers dislike that they are bombarded with more resumes than they can reasonably handle. They know that the 999th resume received is likely not to be responded to as well as the 1st if at all.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter speaks with Chip Luman of HireVue, an award winning candidate and interviewer recommendation engine, about the next wave of technology for employers to evaluate your credentials.

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

If You Must Use The Applicant Tracking System (VIDEO)

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to format your resume if you must apply through the applicant tracking system.

Summary

If you have to apply, if you choose to apply to an applicant tracking system, don't do these things:

1. Don't send the PDF. Applicant tracking system still have a standard way of deciphering the PDF so that they try to do is extract information from the document and provide a summary that suggests who they would choose the interview. With PDFs being in a typical format for many systems, they will be making mistakes. When they make mistakes, you are at risk of being rejected. Don't use a PDF

2. No tables. No graphics. Again, because it is an atypical format there are issues with how a table or graphic can be processed. It "hurts" and thus you are risk of being rejected.

3. The base resume as you like but, recognize that what you did back in The Stone Ages isn't important to employers. Yes, the data may be there. But even when you get in front of the person, you may be rejected based upon this being old information. If you have to take the resume and make it more thorough, not longer but thorough, do it. But, recognize that the older the information is , the less attractive it is to employer.

4. I'm told that the way you label your experience on your resume should be as "Work Experience," because systems like that language because it is a key to them as to what to look for. "Professional Experience" is not the language that they want; they want, "Work Experience."

5. This is a formatting thing for the systems. The way you format it is with employer name, your title and date. You don't do title then date off to the side and that employer name underneath it. You want to start off with employer name because the system is looking for that, your title and then date. The system can extracted very easily.

If you have to apply it through an ATS this is how you do it. If you insist on doing it your way, you're making a big mistake.

I also have a video that talks about dealing with applicant tracking systems and defeat the ATS by making your real experience clear.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a question you would like me to answer? Pay $25 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com  

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Defeating the ATS (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers and idea for how to beat the applicant tracking system and get more interviews.

Summary

Amazingly, defeating the applicant tracking system involves cover letters, something that is such an anachronism in these modern times that, for most people, it is a complete waste. For an applicant tracking system, I think it is the way to defeat them. Here's how it goes.

Most people use cover letter as a separate attachment, right? That's not really good help you with an applicant tracking system and, if you put in the body of an email, that won't help an applicant tracking system either. Finally for second.

What I encourage people to do is take a job description that you know exists, like you are submit a resume because you saw an ad, you don't have the time or inclination to track down the hiring manager or network to the hiring manager you're actually going to submit your resume through the applicant tracking system. God bless you and this is the best thing I can suggest to you.

You make page 1 of your resume the cover letter. Slide everything down the page. Thus, your resume actually begins on page 2. Page 1 of your resume as a section that is in 2 columns. The left column has the job description; the right column has how long and how recently you've work with that particular skill. Here's how it defeats the system.

The systems are generally looking at page 1 and maybe the beginning of page 2 4 how your background meshes with the job. Everything of the job description is now on page 1, right? After all, everything that they're looking for – – role, responsibilities, accomplishments, if you're in IT, the technology that you've used – – is part of what you are using this list. They are going to tell them how long and how recently you've work with it.

Everything is on page 1. It causes the system to choke. It causes the system to say, "this person looks like a fit."

At the end of the day, if you are going to submit your resume to an applicant tracking system, use a cover letter as page 1, following this format that I'm suggesting and I'm sure you will get more interviews.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a question you would like me to answer? Pay $25 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com  

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

If You Must Use The Applicant Tracking System | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to format your resume if you must apply through the applicant tracking system.

Summary

If you have to apply, if you choose to apply to an applicant tracking system, don't do these things:

1. Don't send the PDF. Applicant tracking system still have a standard way of deciphering the PDF so that they try to do is extract information from the document and provide a summary that suggests who they would choose the interview. With PDFs being in a typical format for many systems, they will be making mistakes. When they make mistakes, you are at risk of being rejected. Don't use a PDF

2. No tables. No graphics. Again, because it is an atypical format there are issues with how a table or graphic can be processed. It "hurts" and thus you are risk of being rejected.

3. The base resume as you like but, recognize that what you did back in The Stone Ages isn't important to employers. Yes, the data may be there. But even when you get in front of the person, you may be rejected based upon this being old information. If you have to take the resume and make it more thorough, not longer but thorough, do it. But, recognize that the older the information is , the less attractive it is to employer.

4. I'm told that the way you label your experience on your resume should be as "Work Experience," because systems like that language because it is a key to them as to what to look for. "Professional Experience" is not the language that they want; they want, "Work Experience."

5. This is a formatting thing for the systems. The way you format it is with employer name, your title and date. You don't do title then date off to the side and that employer name underneath it. You want to start off with employer name because the system is looking for that, your title and then date. The system can extracted very easily.

If you have to apply it through an ATS this is how you do it. If you insist on doing it your way, you're making a big mistake.

I also have a video that talks about dealing with applicant tracking systems and defeat the ATS by making your real experience clear.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and business life coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

If you are an executive who is interested in 1 on 1 coaching, email me at JeffAltman(at)TheBigGameHunter.us​.

Would you like to have a question for me? Send $25 through PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail and then forward your question to me at the same address.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn as well as on Facebook

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Please give “Job Search Radio” a great review in iTunes. It helps other people discover the show and makes me happy!​

How to Circumvent the Applicant Tracking System | Job Search Radio

EP 332 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to circumvent the applicant tracking system and connect with the hiring manager.

Summary

Amazingly, defeating the applicant tracking system involves cover letters, something that is such an anachronism in these modern times that, for most people, it is a complete waste. For an applicant tracking system, I think it is the way to defeat them. Here's how it goes.

Most people use cover letter as a separate attachment, right? That's not really good help you with an applicant tracking system and, if you put in the body of an email, that won't help an applicant tracking system either. Finally for second.

What I encourage people to do is take a job description that you know exists, like you are submit a resume because you saw an ad, you don't have the time or inclination to track down the hiring manager or network to the hiring manager you're actually going to submit your resume through the applicant tracking system. God bless you and this is the best thing I can suggest to you.

You make page 1 of your resume the cover letter. Slide everything down the page. Thus, your resume actually begins on page 2. Page 1 of your resume as a section that is in 2 columns. The left column has the job description; the right column has how long and how recently you've work with that particular skill. Here's how it defeats the system.

The systems are generally looking at page 1 and maybe the beginning of page 2 4 how your background meshes with the job. Everything of the job description is now on page 1, right? After all, everything that they're looking for – – role, responsibilities, accomplishments, if you're in IT, the technology that you've used – – is part of what you are using this list. They are going to tell them how long and how recently you've work with it.

Everything is on page 1. It causes the system to choke. It causes the system to say, "this person looks like a fit."

At the end of the day, if you are going to submit your resume to an applicant tracking system, use a cover letter as page 1, following this format that I'm suggesting and I'm sure you will get more interviews.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and business life coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

If you are an executive who is interested in 1 on 1 coaching, email me at JeffAltman(at)TheBigGameHunter.us​.

Would you like to have a question for me? Send $25 through PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail and then forward your question to me at the same address.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn as well as on Facebook

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Please give “Job Search Radio” a great review in iTunes. It helps other people discover the show and makes me happy!​

Avoid Submitting Your Résumé Directly to an Employer (VIDEO)

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter examines why you should be very very VERY reluctant to submit your résumé directly to an employer.

Summary

Today I want to talk with you about why you should be very, very, very reticent . . . Very careful about submitting your resume directly to an employer.

Let me be blunt with you and just say that some employers are excellent and their HR departments are fabulous. I used to work with a number of clients where the HR people were phenomenal. They really knew what they were doing and were quite competent and capable. They were the exceptions. So let's get through the meat grinder of submitting a resume for a second.

1st of all understand that most employers, certainly at the major firms are required to track your resume from beginning to end. That sounds good but they are really tracking it for the US government in order to ensure that they are not biased in some way or discriminating in some way. It is not really about you, your resume or your skills. It's about checking a box off for the US federal government.

So when you submit a resume and apply for jobs through an applicant tracking system, what often happens is you need to do repetitive data entry, you'll upload a resume and then ask yourself, "Who's gonna be looking at this resume?" Initially, do you think it's the manager? Do you think it's really 1 of these capable recruiters? Sometimes it is but most of the time it isn't.

What often happens is the most junior individual the department, sometimes administrative assistant is visually scanning resumes that come through the systems. Often, this person does really know what they're looking for. The result is that unless you have every single keyword in your resume, unless you are doing the exact work that is being looked for, this individual is reluctant to pass your resume on.

Why? Frankly, is because they don't want to get into trouble. In addition, some of the systems try to parse resumes and use formulas to identify whether the experience than are looking for is high enough up in your resume to demonstrate the probability that you fit what they're trying to hire. Thus, algorithms are causing people to be rejected. 1 of the great sins of the technology right now is that software is being used to shoot people down, rather than to screen people in.

If you get stuck in the factory that is the HR technology system, most of the time you're going to get rejected. What you want to be doing is finding your way to a recruiter like I used to be who is quite capable and actually has a relationship with the client who can actually get you in the door with their client IF YOU HAVE THE SKILLS THEY ARE LOOKING FOR and has a resume that can demonstrate it OR you want to work with some of your contacts in order to ensure that they provide an introduction for you.

You don't want to get caught up in the "factory." The factory is there, not to find people, but to reject them.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a question you would like me to answer? Pay $25 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com  

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Defeating the ATS | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers and idea for how to beat the applicant tracking system and get more interviews

Summary

Amazingly, defeating the applicant tracking system involves cover letters, something that is such an anachronism in these modern times that, for most people, it is a complete waste. For an applicant tracking system, I think it is the way to defeat them. Here's how it goes.

Most people use cover letter as a separate attachment, right? That's not really good help you with an applicant tracking system and, if you put in the body of an email, that won't help an applicant tracking system either. Finally for second.

What I encourage people to do is take a job description that you know exists, like you are submit a resume because you saw an ad, you don't have the time or inclination to track down the hiring manager or network to the hiring manager you're actually going to submit your resume through the applicant tracking system. God bless you and this is the best thing I can suggest to you.

You make page 1 of your resume the cover letter. Slide everything down the page. Thus, your resume actually begins on page 2. Page 1 of your resume as a section that is in 2 columns. The left column has the job description; the right column has how long and how recently you've work with that particular skill. Here's how it defeats the system.

The systems are generally looking at page 1 and maybe the beginning of page 2 4 how your background meshes with the job. Everything of the job description is now on page 1, right? After all, everything that they're looking for – – role, responsibilities, accomplishments, if you're in IT, the technology that you've used – – is part of what you are using this list. They are going to tell them how long and how recently you've work with it.

Everything is on page 1. It causes the system to choke. It causes the system to say, "this person looks like a fit."

At the end of the day, if you are going to submit your resume to an applicant tracking system, use a cover letter as page 1, following this format that I'm suggesting and I'm sure you will get more interviews.

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and business life coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.
 
If you are an executive who is interested in 1 on 1 coaching, email me at JeffAltman(at)TheBigGameHunter.us​.
 
Would you like to have a question for me? Send $25 through PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com and then forward your question to me at the same address.
 
JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn as well as on Facebook

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Please give “Job Search Radio” a great review in iTunes. It helps other people discover the show and makes me happy!

Applicant Tracking System

How Interviews and Applicant Tracking Systems Are Changing | Job Search Radio


Both job hunters and employers dislike the job application process.

Job hunters refer to “the black hole” where their resume goes in and nothing comes out. Employers dislike that they are bombarded with more resumes than they can reasonably handle. They know that the 999th resume received is likely not to be responded to as well as the 1st if at all.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter speaks with Chip Luman of HireVue, an award winning candidate and interviewer recommendation engine, about the next wave of technology for employers to evaluate your credentials.

 

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions. NOW WITH A 7 DAY FREE TRIAL

Connect with me on LinkedIn

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Avoid the Applicant Tracking System

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discussed applicant tracking systems and discourages people from ever applying through one. 

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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