Jumpstart Your Job
Vol. 1, No. 2
July 5, 2010
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Things eHarmony Can Teach You About Your Job Search (Part I)
Looking for a life mate is a great
metaphor for job hunting. And just like the world of dating has
been changed forever by the use of technology, so has the process of
looking for a job. This is the first installment of a three
What can online dating teach you about your job search?
Here is Part I:
because a computer says you are (or aren't) a match doesn't mean you
really are (or aren't)
Just like some online dating sites rely on "matching
systems" to determine which people would be most compatible,
many employers and recruiters rely on software programs to help them
narrow the field of candidates to those that seem like the best fit
for open positions.
Known as Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), these software programs scan
incoming resumes, as well as those already archived in their
database, for certain key criteria. While that process can
provide some guidance (whether you're looking for the perfect employee
or the perfect mate), it is far from foolproof. At either end
of the equation there is still a human being.
The first person involved is the recruiter who enters the search
criteria (a/k/a keywords) into the ATS. If the recruiter is
inexperienced (or simply makes a mistake), the criteria he or she
enters may not provide the most accurate results.
At the other end is the job seeker. If his or her resume is not
written to trigger the same keywords the recruiter entered in to the ATS, the resume may never be flagged,
even though the candidate may be highly qualified for the
position. Conversely, an unqualified candidate's resume might
contain the "right" set of keywords and be selected for
In order for a dating site "matching system" or a hiring
company's ATS to be most effective, the people
on both sides must not only be honest about what they are looking
for, but must also be able to communicate in a language the computer
will understand. For the job seeker, this means scanning job
descriptions that are of interest to you and making note of the
keywords and phrases recruiters might use in their searches.
Then make sure all or most of the common keywords appear in your
resume. It is not usually necessary to have a separate
"keyword" section in your resume as long as those words and
phrases appear elsewhere.
(For another interesting perspective on structuring your resume to
maximize your ATS exposure, check out the article "Your Dates of
Employment Might Be Hiding Your Resume" on TheLadders.com.)
In the next issue -- Part
II: Looking good on paper isn't enough
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your resume for the proper keywords?
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and techniques to bypass ATS sytems and get your resume
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Job Search Q&A
Q: Do you suggest
applying for a job that you're not eligible for? The cover letter
would recognize this fact, of course. What are your thoughts? (A.M.,
A: If you're only missing a few of the qualifications, then by
all means send a resume. Perfect candidates are rare and job
descriptions are often incomplete or unclear. In my experience, many
times "requirements" turn out to be merely "preferences".
(Keep in mind that the requirements listed first in the job
description are likely to be the most important.)
If you are blatantly unqualified for an advertised position, I would
avoid sending a resume in response to that specific opening. At
best, your resume will land in the trash. At worst, you will
leave the negative impression that you are not aware of your own
unsuitability for the role. (Many people do not read cover
letters, or read them after reviewing the resume, so acknowledging
your lack of qualifications in your cover letter may not help.)
Instead I would suggest calling the company or recruiting firm to see
if they keep a file of resumes. If they do, then it's very worthwhile
to send your resume for future reference, especially if you know the
company currently employs people with your skills and
backgrounds.keep a file or database of resumes. If they do,
then it's very worthwhile to send your resume for future reference,
especially if you know the company currently employs people with your
skills and background.
(American Society of
This fabulous networking resource allows you to search
a directory of thousands of societies and associations in the USA and
abroad by keyword, geography, and type of organization. Many of
these organizations have niche job boards and/or resume distribution
services. All are great places to network.
(HINT: When searching the "Association name
contains:" field, use various forms of your search term.
For example, do separate searches for accounting, accountant,
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