Peninsula Resumes in Palo Alto, California said: If you want to stop having to fill out applications, I would recommend using LinkedIn.
Excellent advice about using LinkedIn. Of course, you need to also make sure that your LinkedIn profile is complete and compelling. Here are a few more things to keep in mind when taking on other Applicant Tracking Systems:
– Target your resume first: Because many applicant tracking systems require you to essentially type all of the data from your resume into an on-line application, it can be easy to make small changes to the content as you enter it. A better idea is to target your resume first. You can then use the content to complete the application and you will have the targeted resume to hand over when you meet for an interview.
– Save your responses to specific questions: In addition to keeping a copy of the targeted resume you used to complete the on-line application, save all of your responses to role specific questions in a separate document. This way you’ll be sure to remember how you responded when those questions come up later in the process. Additionally, these questions can tend to be similar from organization to organization, so having your responses handy could save you a lot of time down the road.
– Revisit core profile settings frequently: Many Applicant Tracking Systems will allow you to fill out some default profile settings. However, settings change and your experience evolves, so make sure you are checking the default profile from time to time.
Applicant Tracking Systems save companies a ton of time, but they also add a fairly complex layer of technology to the already confounding job search process. Being aware of how your resume and application are being handled can mean the difference between the resume “black hole” and an interview.
Happy New Year,
Kent @ TandemPowered (formerly Tandem Resumes)