- Posted by Vidcruiter
- On December 2, 2012
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- applicant hiring system, applicant recruiting system, recruiting platform, talent management system
How to maximize applicant tracking systems to your advantage
Beating recruitment software is a common pursuit by many online applicants. The motivation behind this is increasing one’s odds in landing a job by understanding how tracking systems process resumes and its content. Whether you like it or not recruitment systems is here to stay and the reason for this is its contribution in streamlining the whole recruitment process and automating key activities that are prone to errors in the past. Tracking systems however act on programs or algorithms that might have a direct impact on how resumes and job applications are actually processed. There are now ways and means to make resumes more visible to organizations that heavily rely on applicant tacking software. Beating this system can do two things: first, it improves a job seeker’s chance of landing the job that he wants and secondly, it improves an organization’s sourcing activity by not missing anyone due to some technicality with the automated resume management systems. Here are some pointers how to beat a recruitment software.
Stick with standard resume terms
Assuming that a resume is read by real people in today’s technology driven world of recruitment is you sabotaging your chances to be selected. So be sure to stick with convention and work with how applicant tracking systems are designed in the first place. Label work experience as it is, and not exchange it with more catchy phrases such as “professional achievement” or other ways of labeling the said heading. This can easily confuse the tracking software. It can easily miss banking your resume information to the database. This can be a very costly mistake that would give your impressive resume a very low chance of being noticed and taken up for its actual worth.
Put in keywords in your resume
If you have been using Google for a long time now you might have a very clear idea what this means. Tracking systems work like search engines and in many ways it is one – but specifically designed to look into recruitment data. If you are eyeing for a retailing manager position you need to know the industry’s terms applied for this position and its related functions. You can then sprinkle these words all over the resume allowing it to stand out among the others that the system gets to process every day. This can increase your odds to be picked, called, interviewed, and hired. Integrating as much words associated with the job post you are answering to in your resume makes your application more attractive for tracking systems, flagging it for recruiters to review.
Apply for jobs that easily fit your qualifications
There is no better way to improve your odds of landing a job in organizations that use applicant tracking software than by applying for jobs that you are actually qualified. Your resume will speak for itself (provided you follow the previous tips) and convince the tracking system that you are worth the try. With tracking software you cannot beg for a chance to be considered for a job you do not have the skill to possibly perform the job well. This is the very reason why organizations use these systems to screen out applicants in the first place.
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