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Technology &

Your  Job Search

Many job seekers are unaware of what happens behind the scenes when they are applying for a job. The methodology of finding a job on a job board, clicking the link provided to upload your resume and a cover letter if required and sitting back and waiting to see if you are called for an interview just doesn’t cut it anymore. As with everything in the world, times are changing, and technology plays a significant role in all that we do, and seeking employment is no different.


So, here’s what you need to know:


When you apply for a job your resume is uploaded into an Applicant Tracking System or ATS for short. This is a type of software used by recruiters and employers during the hiring process to collect, sort, scan, and rank the job applications they receive for their open positions.


The ATS is driven by algorithms that scans the resume to find the keywords that marry up to keywords in the job advert or position description. For this reason, it is incredibly important to make sure that the language you are speaking in your resume marries up with the language that is spoken in the advert or position description. For example, if the keyword was ‘Credit Collections’ and your resume reads ‘Debtor Management’ your application is at risk of being ranked lower than other job seekers whose resume is speaking the same language.


Now all good recruiters should still incorporate that human factor into the recruitment process and screen individual resumes for the hidden gems that the system hasn’t rated but as a job seeker you can’t leave this to chance.


So how can you overcome this. Firstly, you have to basically “SEO” your resume each and every time you are applying for a role. This means adding their keywords into your resume, so that your resume stands out from the rest. I know this sounds like a lot of effort but there are some tricks to the trade.

As with every challenge there is a solution, so if you would like more information on how to work with technology and advance your career contact us today.

Embodied Corporate Solutions specialises in Recruitment, Outplacement and Career Management services. 

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