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How free apps minimize your chances to land a job

Perhaps you’ve noticed that social media is playing a greater role in the hiring process. Yes? No? How about LinkedIn? Have you noticed that LinkedIn is now the premier database that recruiters use to identify candidates for their clients? That is only the tip of the iceberg! I will be writing a series of blogs […]
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Should you apply using your LinkedIn profile?

LinkedIn! It’s great! It’s definitely part of every jobseeker’s toolkit. Many jobseekers toil over their LinkedIn Profile; making sure it is just right and ready for the eyes of a recruiter. Many job postings, that can be found on LinkedIn today, offer the candidate the choice of applying for positions using their LinkedIn Profile—rather than […]
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Applicant Tracking System (ATS): Knock-out questions, Part 2

Welcome to the fourth blog in this series on Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). These blogs detail the elements in these systems that “auto-eliminate” jobseekers, based on the document that they upload into the system. The last blog identified six filters that commonly known as “Knock-Out” questions. Here they are again. Types of ATS Knock-Out Questions […]
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Applicant Tracking System (ATS): Knock-out questions, Part 1

We know that the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is the first line of filters used by businesses to screen applicants. These systems have evolved into sophisticated tools used by hiring entities. Their development has escalated and there is now an entire market of choices. Consequently, price ranges to accommodate a host of features has made […]
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Applicant Tracking System (ATS): Keywords

Applicant Tracking Systems continue to be the bane of many jobseekers. That’s why I’m writing this series of blogs that take a deeper dive. Last week’s blog dealt with the importance of file extensions (e.g. .doc, .docx, PDF, etc.). The type of document you submit matters. You can read more about it here. Why the […]
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Applicant Tracking System (ATS): Do file extensions matter?

If you can’t get through the Applicant Tracking System, then it’s all over. It is common knowledge that these systems review your uploaded document and follow technical algorithms to determine whether your application will be accepted or rejected. Have you been KO’d by the ATS? (KO – Knocked Out. Originally from the boxing arena and […]
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Résumés: Fonts, an update…yet again…

Fonts… can’t live with them and you can’t live without them. They seem to give us control of certain aspects of our résumé handiwork that we didn’t have before computers. Wait…it’s hard to remember “before computers.” Font History and the ATS We have learned to leverage technology to appease our visual preferences. We change the […]
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Résumé changes: How to select the right bullet points

Résumés are changing! …yes, yet again. With the narrowing of qualifications and with companies yelling and screaming that they can’t find “qualified candidates,” résumés should be changing to accommodate these needs. Are you? Are you changing? Are you changing your résumé to meet their changing needs? You should be. Here’s how. This is for ALL […]
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Millennials and the Gig Economy
     …Is this really what GenY wants?

The Millennial generation is now in their early careers and they are becoming a major part of the U.S. workforce. Many companies, managers, and hiring professionals are doing their best to understand how to attract this early-career demographic to their businesses and organizations. NOTE: The terms “Millennial” and “GenY” will be used interchangeably in this […]
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