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  •  Screening software tip (13+ / 0-)

    Agree that you should only apply for jobs on actual company websites, in almost all cases. One more thing a lot of people don't know:

    Most companies use software for first round sorting of applications. It is stupid software, and looks for language matching requirements. So if the job says "3 years experience in customer service" and you put down "One year at the front desk of a hotel and 2 years as manager of a restaurant" it will weed you out and no live person will see it.

    Best to match their language exactly, then clarify on your resume.

    "Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everybody gets busy on the proof.” ― John Kenneth Galbraith

    by Urban Owl on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 09:10:10 AM PST

    •  Correct (7+ / 0-)

      CRM's are the screen you have to get past. And on that subject, don't believe the "overqualified" explanation often proffered by friends and family hoping to make you feel better. I'm sure it happens from time to time, there are documented instances of it happening, but even then just as likely that's an ad hoc rationalization used by hiring managers to gloss over age bias or the fact that they're overwhelmed by applicants.

      Think about the people you hire: when was the last time you got an airplane and worried the crew might be overqualified? If you found out the landscaper mowing your grass had a PhD in botany, would you feel uneasy and demand someone with a GED?

      •  OTOH (5+ / 0-)

        We hired an overqualified project manager who left for another job after one month, when a preferred job came through.

        After a burn or two, general consensus is that job fit does matter.

        I agree that sometimes it's just age discrimination, but not always.

        "Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everybody gets busy on the proof.” ― John Kenneth Galbraith

        by Urban Owl on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 10:32:25 AM PST

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    •  Stupid Software (8+ / 0-)

      or robots. Here's a link to an interesting infographic I came across about "resume robots". Tips on how to increase your chances of making it to the pile that humans actually look at.

      http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/...

      "Please proceed, Governor"

      by portlandzoo on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 11:15:29 AM PST

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    •  Number of times buzzwords appear (1+ / 0-)
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      Urban Owl

      A friend of mine told me something, the last time I was looking for work, which was that the software doesn't just check to see if the right buzzwords are present, but counts the number of times they appear. So if you've used Java on lots of projects at several jobs, it's much better if the work "Java" appears over and over again than if it only appears once, even if the import is the same.

      I actually went over my resume and made changes to make sure that all the right industry buzzwords appeared, not just once, but in each place where they were relevant. I have no idea if that actually helped me to get my current job (or to get other interviews during that job search). But it's something to consider.

      We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

      by dconrad on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 06:26:06 PM PST

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