Strategy in applying to companies applicant tracking systems online? You Betcha!

Getting your resume actually viewed after you enter it to an applicant tracking system you say?

When you are sending your resume in to a companies on-line application system, commonly known at an ATS (applicant tracking system) there are a few things you can do to improve your chances. Depending on what type of job you are applying for, for example customer service, there may be 200-300 resumes that come in. For a student coop role I have seen north of 700 applications, for one position. So, how do you get your resume noticed in that massive pile?

The first thing you want to do is make sure your key skills to the job, are located in your resume, and listed in the jobs where you had this experience. After you tailor your resume to the role, and apply, now it’s time to get the resume to surface from that ATS aka “the black hole”. Go on LinkedIn and see if you might have any colleagues or 2nd connections that might put you in touch with someone from the company. Or, you can even search out the recruiter/talent specialist/HR and request a connection – mentioning that you have applied for X role, and a few reasons you are a great candidate and should be considered. Consider it your Virtual Elevator Pitch. Most people don’t do this extra work, so if you go the extra mile, you have a much better chance in floating to the top of the resume pile.


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Posted on November 17, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. i have found this issue very interesting. we have spoken about this in class but i just saw it as theoretical hr issues/topics. It is a good strategy for job seekers to get a hand of how to draw attention to their resumes.

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