ATS (applicant tracking system) is the software a recruiter uses to organize and keep track of candidates. It is like JibberJobber, but for the recruiter.
A recruiter uses the ATS is to REDUCE the number of candidates they are interested in. If there are a lot of candidates they have the luxury of REDUCING the list of candidates because of trivial things, like typos in a resume, or some mismatch between qualifications and job description requirements. If you have 200 candidates for a job, it’s easy to skim a lot of almost-matches right off the top and get to the 20 seemingly perfect ones.
This is where those trivial things, like typos (or what you wear, what you say, your cover letter, etc.) come in. Immaculate. Perfect. Flawless.
Is this stressful? It is to me.
This month’s Ask The Expert touched on the same topic. Jack Chapman was talking about interviewers using past salary, or your salary requirements, as a way to weed people out. If the job pays $45k/year, and you made (or want) $100k/year, it is probably not going to be a good match and it is a waste of your time and theirs to continue. It’s like going shopping for a new house… you can afford a $150k house but you are looking at 750k houses. That is a waste of your time and the Realtor’s time.
See a theme here?
What if, instead of being part of a pool that was being REDUCED, you could be one of a few that really stand out. How do you do that?
I have some ideas, but I need YOU to think about it this week. How do you go from someone that could be cut from the pool to someone who no way should be cut?
Think about it… leave a comment if you want… but THIS is the million dollar question in your job search.