Job Seekers of the World, Unite! - Facing Application Tracking System (ATS) - Part 1
I remember the first time I picked up the newspaper after few days of my graduation in purpose to start my job searching. It was simple, just read the published advertisements, call the office and arrange an immediate interview or dropping a CV day. Thank you for the technology to make it easier and reachable for job seekers to move or look for their suitable place to work. But on the other hand, we lost the human touch in this relation between job seeker and potential employer. I mean, sometimes the character and specific skills are more than enough for hiring decision maker.
With billions of daily applications, I agree with the recruiters and HR officers to depend on Application Tracking Systems, more and more. At least, it makes their daily work and life more simple and easy. It needs only to type some key requested skills or words to filter a huge amount of inappropriately applied candidates. So, I am sure most of us know "taleo", this electronic evil who force always us to fill so long application manually in the most of the times, and at the end of process after attaching your CV and pressing submit button, you know in the deep of your heart that you are sending your lovely CV to the black hole of e-universe where to be lost with the other resumes!
Like me, you spent hours on reading articles about the perfect CV format and watching dozens of youtube videos. The same advice is repeated, make it short, include keywords, recruiters have only 30 seconds to check it so make it readable, and many other so useful ideas. But when you are waiting for any reply in your inbox or a phone call and ending with nothing, I know that measurable feeling.
I believe, it is the fault of job seekers to update their knowledge about the new technics of the current job market. So, I think, it is the right time to have two CVs! One of them, designed and formatted in a professional way. Just one page to reach the impression. It should be sent to the directly or personal email of recruiters, HR officer, managers, etc. The second one could be just a piece of two pages designed for Application Tracking System, with full of keywords and information which are more understandable for machine language.
..... To be continued,
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