BEAT THE RESUME BLACK HOLE

Applicant Tracking System Requirements

New Resume Black Holes: Applicant Tracking Systems

A recent study indicated that over 70% of Fortune 1000 companies are now using Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) which is the software that interprets your resume, feeds it into a central repository, and ranks it according to keywords. [Read more.]

Beat the Resume Black Hole: How to Use the Right Keywords In Your Resume

Sadly and annoyingly, without the “right words” in the “right places” a resume is often ignored. The infamous “black hole” where resumes disappear is one of the most discouraging aspects of job search today. Appropriate use of those right words (a.k.a. “keywords”) can help the resume to avoid the black hole. [Read more.]

Beat the Resume Black Hole: Find the Right Keywords for Your Resume

The reason keywords are so important is because keywords are the words typed by employers and recruiters to find appropriate resumes. Typically, they are searching through a large collection of resumes like a resume database (Indeed Resumes, for example), a job board, or an employer’s applicant tracking system. [Read more.]

Avoid the Resume Black Hole: The Resume Customization Cheat Sheet

Customizing your resume for each opportunity is not optional these days. Customization will help your resume escape the dreaded “black hole” where resumes disappear. Customization also demonstrates your interest in the opportunity, which will impress the employer. [Read more.]

Effective Email for Your Job Search

How to Get Your Emailed Resume Noticed

We often email resumes in response to a job posting or send our resume to a networking contact, recruiter, or hiring manager. That can be very effective, or it can be a waste of time and energy, depending on how well it is done and how good a fit the resume is for the opportunity. [Read more.]

Applying for a Job: 5 Tips for Avoiding the Discard Pile

We often email resumes in response to a job posting or send our resume to a networking contact, recruiter, or hiring manager. That can be very effective, or it can be a waste of time and energy, depending on how well it is done and how good a fit the resume is for the opportunity. [Read more.]