There is a lot of buzz about how to get your resume through an ATS (aka: applicant tracking system). An ATS is to a recruiter what JibberJobber is to a job seeker. It is a tracking system.
Before I go on, if you don’t think you need JibberJobber to keep track of your job search, realize that HR and recruiters are using some kind of ATS or tracking system to keep track of you. Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight – get on JibberJobber!
In yesterday’s Ask The Expert call with The Recruiting Animal, Animal said he doesn’t use an ATS, and that is really something that internal recruiters are going to use. In other words, getting your resume through an ATS is not going to be an issue for ALL recruiters.
Recently a JibberJobber user sent me a resume that one of my colleagues did for him and asked me what I thought.
The resume was really quite impressive. I’m not surprised. The resume writer is someone who has been doing this for a long time and loves to stay current and do a great job.
My first impression after looking at the resume was that this guy had decades of doing amazing things. The companies he worked at, and the products he worked on, are household names.
If I were interviewing I would want to satisfy curiosities and ask more. I would want to ask stories about his experience. Some of my questions would be because it would be intriguing to know, and others to learn how involved and instrumental he really was in each of the things he claims on his resume.
He needs to go through his resume, pull out every claim, and put at least one story behind it.
I’m not much for critiquing resumes. I almost always decline when someone asks me to look at their resume. But I opened this one and that was my very first impression. You have a great resume, now what? Be ready to TELL STORIES!
My second thought was to be careful not to ask too many UNQUALIFIED people their opinion of the resume you just got. I asked people for opinions of my resume and the information I got was misleading (making me think it was great, while it really kept me out of interviews). Everyone will have their opinion but recognize this is a marketing tool to get you interviews, and that is it. Dick Bolles talked about resumes very frankly in our last Ask The Expert – you can view the interview here (he comes on 20 minutes into it).
“Please do not discount my résumé because I am overqualified. I am NOT looking for a supervisory or management position. I want to get back to the basic grunt work of payables, researching invoices, matching them to purchase orders, and preparing the check run. If you hire me you will get experience, maturity, dependability, and a team player with no personal drama ready to hit the ground running.”
October’s Ask The Expert webinar with Kim Mohiuddin was awesome. I hope to have the recording up in a couple of weeks (just got back from a trip, and have some big deadlines to hit). But I wanted to share this with you right now so you can schedule it and sign up – no cost.
Karen Huller, owner of Charésumé, is the guest in November. She says:
Having an effective résumé is critical for earning interviews, but it alone does not land you a job. In order to execute a swift, successful job transition, you also have to:
Present a consistent brand, online and offline
Develop and implement a sound distribution strategy
Invest your time wisely
Avoid the common pitfalls
Many job seekers express have similar, frustrating experiences in their job transition. Most of the causes for these experiences are completely avoidable.
In this Ask the Experts webinar, Karen Huller, CPRW, Owner and Founder of Charésumé (ka rez oo may) will address what you can do to remove resistance in your job transition momentum and gain traction fast.
Within 4 weeks you could be in-process with 3-5 viable opportunities and feel much more in control of your professional future.
Please join us to understand how you can UNVEIL YOUR BRILLIANCE and take charge of your career transition.
Sounds good, right?
Sign up, and PLEASE tell others about it – forward this blog post to them, share it on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn (you can easily do this by clicking one of the buttons above).
NOTE: please plan on coming 10 minutes early – we will start right on time.
Join me and Kim Mohiuddin as we talk about what could be wrong with your resume. Kim owns a company called Movin’ On Up Resumes and has had a really cool approach to creating a resume (or, career marketing documents).
As Kim and I planned this webinar here are some other titles she thought of:
Job Search Stalled? It’s Not You, It’s Me. Signed, Your Resume.
Job Search Stalled? It Could Be Your Resume.
Could an Antiquated Resume Be Hindering Your Job Search?
When Bad Resumes Happen to Good Candidates—And How to Fix It!
Here are some things we’ll talk about:
The Resume Black Hole: What Happens After I Hit “Submit?” Talking about what the ATS is (software that analysis your resume, but she’ll go into more depth)
Navigating The Black Hole: How Do I Give Myself a Fighting Chance With an Electronic Screener?
Beyond the Black Hole: How Can I Optimize My Resume to Appeal to Human Decision-Makers Sharing simple formulas for how to write your opening profile, work history, education, and extras. She’ll also include some Word templates to get them started since most people have trouble formatting their own resumes and Word’s templates are pretty bad for visual and technical reasons (i.e. ATS systems don’t read tables properly and Word templates involve many tables).
In my job search my resume was my #1 enemy. It was keeping me out of interviews, but I didn’t realize it until months later.