Technology has begun to dominate job searches. An article in The New York Times in March of this year provided advice on writing resumes that successfully navigate applicant tracking systems and other technologies. The article covers hints we have shared in previous blogs, such as closely reading the job advertisement or posting for keywords to put in your resume and being specific when you write about your skills and accomplishments (“mentored 4 new hires to fast promotions” rather than “provided mentoring”).
However, here are two points from the Times article that we would like to emphasize:
- Once the applicant tracking system narrows down the list of candidates, more and more companies are asking applicants to take skills tests and personality assessments and then go through a video interview. According to the article, those additional steps mean “there’s a bigger time commitment [by the applicant] required at an earlier stage for more roles.” Be aware, therefore, that passing through the applicant tracking system, while critical, is only one step among many. Make sure you are prepared for those additional tests, assessments, and interviews.
- Unfortunately, applicant tracking systems (ATS) can contain bias. Companies are likely to develop an ATS profile for the ideal future employee that is based on the employees they already have. That tendency operates against diversity and inclusion. You may circumvent that tendency through networking: making personal connections that lead to referrals. As the article states, “The more technical things get, the more you can get noticed by going old school.”
At Robin’s Resumes®, we keep abreast of old school job searches and new school. We know how technology and resumes intersect and how to prepare resumes that help candidates achieve their career goals. Before you find yourself overwhelmed by your job search or frustrated with the results from your resume, please contact us.