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IT Jobs: How To Master Applicant Tracking Systems
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User Rank: Apprentice
12/11/2016 | 11:57:28 AM
Re: Surprising, but not really
Great info! Thank you!


Be careful of applicant tracking systems if you're a job applicant! Otherwise they're pretty cool. This guide gives a really good overview of everything you need to know about ATS. 
User Rank: Apprentice
5/7/2015 | 7:56:01 AM
use a comprehensive strategy, not just one method to get a job
I've helped many people get jobs, and over 90% of the time, it's not about the skills--it's about the strategy. It's not just about keywords, and it never has been. You need to appeal to the "HR robot" AND the human being, generally using a four-pronged approach if you look for jobs online: online resume (no problematic formatting that could cause your resume to be processed incorrectly), positive and appropriate branding (values, etc.), online presence (at a minimum, LinkedIn), and networking. Yes, you can use graphics as the author mentions, but  make sure that you do not rely on the graphic to communicate a mandatory qualification, just in case the graphic cannot be "read" by the computer. -- Pamela Paterson, Bestselling Author, Get the Job
Kristin Burnham
Kristin Burnham,
User Rank: Author
10/3/2014 | 3:38:58 PM
Re: Surprising, but not really
I was surprised by that statistic too. I'd probably be more likely to submit a job application on my laptop over a mobile device just for usability purposes, but I can see why that method is growing (especially given their tip to keep a version of your resume in a Google Doc or on Dropbox). 
User Rank: Ninja
10/2/2014 | 1:51:01 PM
breaking misconceptions
Thank you. This is a great article.  I know that as a jobseeker one has better changes in getting an interview by properly showing your skills and experience rather than trying  to lie about your qualifications.  Also, there are many misconceptions about job searching which often times aren't in question which this article did answer.
Lorna Garey
Lorna Garey,
User Rank: Author
10/2/2014 | 12:01:52 PM
Surprising, but not really
At first, the stat that 30% of resumes originate from a mobile device surprised me, but when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. People live on their phones.

I do wonder if how you submit a resume matters or is tracked, though. It's not hard to imagine a company looking for a salesperson who must be productive when on the road favoring an applicant who communicates using a phone and tablet over one using a desktop running Windows XP.

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