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.
I’m a couple of days late on this, but it’s not too late to sign up. This is a series of free teleseminars by some big names in the industry. See the schedule here and sign up here!
I think you’ll be able to access the recordings later, too, so register. It’s free and there’s nothing to lose. (maybe next year they’ll have a course on how to organize your job search with JibberJobber )
I am a huge, huge, huge fan of informational interviews. If you don’t believe in them I’m guessing you don’t know how to do them right (there is more than one right agenda, but there are many, many wrong ways of doing an informational interview).
Since JibberJobber started we’ve had a special offer for military and veterans (and spouses). This comes from my history being around military families, starting when I was 11, and continuing through today. I can’t do much, but as the owner of JibberJobber I can give veterans one year of JibberJobber premium to help them transition. We have been doing this since 2006 (veterans can sign up at JibberJobberUSA.com).
Recently I read an article that disgusted me – it talked about some problems that one specific veteran is facing in his transition home, and as he tries to get a job outside of the military. As I was reading about this veteran I thought that I could do a little more, and decided to reach out to my network of career coaches and resume writers to see what they are currently offering. The list below is surely not complete (leave a comment or email me if you know of something that should be added, or if something is misrepresented – this list should get better over time).
NOTE: Service providers who are not listed here have either not responded to my request or do not have special discounts for military. Please respect their business choice – in some cases their prices might already be very low, or for some reason they have made a business decision which does not allow for discounts. Please respect their business choices, for whatever reason they made them.
Join us for a candid conversation from The Recruiting Animal. Animal has hosted his own radio show for years, talking to and with other recruiters. Not only is he really knowledgeable about how to get a job, he is HONEST about it all. He has no agenda, nothing to sell to you, he is FRANK and CANDID.
Register now and then join us on Tuesday morning (make sure you double check the time zone so you are there at the right time!
It depends on what numbers you are talking about. If you are doing the right things consistently, with purpose and focus, then maybe it can be a numbers game. If you are doing the wrong things just to hit certain numbers, you’ll be more frustrated than you can imagine.
Alison Doyle has a great post titled Job Searching By the Numbers. In the post she shares numbers tracked by Caryn. Here are some examples of things she tracked:
Jobs she applied to, and how the 105 she applied to online worked out
Networking, and how many opportunities she got from her network
How many she got from staffing agencies, and what happened
Spoiler: she accepted one of the two opportunities she found from a staffing agency that found her from LinkedIn.
So all of the jobs she found and applied to online, or through her network, led to nothing, but someone found her on LinkedIn and she got and accepted an offer.
So was it a numbers game? Maybe she was only 10% into the number of jobs she should have applied to, or the resumes she sent out? Maybe she didn’t meet enough people in networking, and didn’t ask “who do you know” and ask for introductions…
The reason I’m writing this post is because I think that the job search CAN BE a numbers game, if you are doing the right stuff. Just like a basketball game… the more shots you take towards your own basket, the higher the chances are you’ll make some. But if you are shooting at the wrong basket, or who-knows-where, you can rack up 10,000 attempts (shots) and NOT get any closer to winning, or scoring.
So the answer to the question, is the job search a numbers game, has to consider what numbers you are considering….
Actually, that is coincidental, not by merit. But here is what Joshua Waldman says:
“My friend and mentor Jason Alba started JibberJobber.com in 2006 and can claim development of the first online job-search platforms. By far, JibberJobber offers jobseekers the most comprehensive set of tools for managing relationships, job searches, and careers.”
Isn’t that cool? I like “the first”, “By far,” “the most comprehensive”… those have a nice ring to them
In the first edition, Joshua listed JobKatch.com and becomed.com in the list of “tools to organize your job search.” Those are both out of business. Of the others that are listed in the second edition, I’m guessing that three won’t be around in a year or two.
Nick Corcodilos writes a weekly newsletter that is worth subscribing to. Today he wrote his 500th edition, and it’s great. He normally answers questions from readers (many know him as “Ask The Headhunter”). He wrote his own question this week, instead of using someone else’s, and it’s very blunt:
Nick talks a lot about a lot of the aspects of employment (and the job search) in America. His article is worth reading, and marking it up with a highlighter. He exposes a key problem with HR departments, and the horrific affect of outsourcing hiring to recruiters, etc. He again exposes the ridiculousness of job boards, which according to a hiring survey are horribly ineffective but still a huge destination for corporate spending. He talks about some ideas on how to fix the problems at a meta level. He even talks about believing in yourself and starting your own business, if the hiring thing isn’t working out!
That would be me… the guy knows as cocky (aka, self-confident). I’m sure I’ve made this mistake, but I also heard of someone else who recently made this mistake.
Imagine this: you are in a job interview and the interviewer asks you “can you do this particular skill?” You either answer:
a) “oh yeah, I can do that. “
b) ”I haven’t done it before, but I’m sure I could learn it.”
Does that sound familiar?
Is this a response you have made, heard, or might make?
Let me give you a tip to give a response way, way, way more impactful. Instead of saying a), “yeah, I can do that.”, say something like this:
“Yes, I can do that. In my past job I had this exact responsibility. I was given the task and within six months was training others to do it well.”
Isn’t that 1,000% better than “yeah, I can do that.”
Here is something better to say than b), “I haven’t done it before, but I’m sure I could learn it.”
“I haven’t done that before, but I really think I could learn it quickly. In my last job I was asked to do learn a new software program we were going to use at the front desk. No one had any experience with it, but I dove into the user manuals and got on the training webinars, and was quickly able to train the rest of the front desk team. In fact, the software company recognized me as one of their best users and asked if they could refer some of their other key customers to me for consulting.”
Isn’t that impressive? Much better than “yeah, I’m sure I could learn it.”
Of course you need to have your own, and better, wording. The idea, though, is to give examples, and what I call “mini stories.” If you can get it into a Problem-Action-Result format, your response will be way better than what you were going to say, and probably better than your “competition.”