“Job seekers often spend hours online researching employers and polishing their applications and resumes. Then they hit send.
“And they hear nothing. Ever.
“Looking for a job is hard enough without being rejected by a robot. But applicant-screening and tracking systems are increasingly powerful job-market gatekeepers. After scanning resumes, they hurl most applicants into a digital black hole.”
This, from a recent Wall Street Journal article, perfectly nails the problem with clunky, automated mass job application systems.
It goes on to describe these systems as flawed. 60% of employers say these systems have caused them to overlook the best talent. Yikes.
So why do employers keep using them? Because they get hundreds of resumes that all look the same, and they need some way to cut through the noise quick and get to a handful of people worth interviewing.
The problem comes from both sides of the market. Hirers keep posting the same generic applications, and applicants keep sending the same generic resumes. The technology is involved only as a mass quantity reduction mechanism.
That’s where you, the job seeker, can take control. Don’t wait for employers to rethink the process. Hiring is something most aren’t experts in, and they just want to get it done. Don’t wait for them when you can cut through the noise now without asking anyone for permission!
The article ended in a depressing way. Check out this list of recommendations:
Besides the suggestion to get to know people at the company, the rest of these are tiny tweaks to the format of your resume. This is a losing arms race of further efforts to game automated resume bots.
But you can rise above all of it and crash the career party.
Don’t send a resume.
Don’t send a cover letter.
Don’t be like everyone else.
Do this instead:
This will take a few hours the first time. But after you get the hang of it, you can probably do this in 20-30 minutes.
It sounds like a lot of work, but here’s the secret: you’ll get more interviews with less total time spent than the typical approach. And it’s way more fun!
Do this for five companies you really love, and the results will be better than 500 resumes blasted into black-box autobot scanners. Bonus: you’ll become more employable and valuable just by doing it.
When a hiring manager gets a tailored pitch, it blows them away. It moves ahead of the pile of apps.
You wouldn’t try to get a date by blasting out a list of your attributes to hundreds of people. You’d get to know one person and show them you care.
Getting an interview is no different.
A show all about creating a career outside the boring, debt-laden, conveyor belt humdrum.