Applicant Tracking System

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Applicant Tracking System - a presentation I prepared for the Lehigh Valley Professionals Group

Applicant Tracking System - a presentation I prepared for the Lehigh Valley Professionals Group

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  • 1. 10/11/12   + + Definition of ATS n  Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is a software application used for recruitment of personnel. ATS is often called Talent Management System or Candidate Management System n  Usually it is used by large companies to handle job applications, however ATS is becoming popular among mid- sized companies Understanding Applicant Tracking System (ATS) Nargiza Jedwab Lehigh Valley 05/25/2012 Nargiza Jedwab Lehigh Valley Professionals 05/25/2012 Professionals + + ATS Functions Keywords n  ATS scans and ranks résumés for job-related keywords to n  Keywords are job-related words and phrases describing a determine whether or not you can be shortlisted for a particular particular job. Keywords are programmed into the ATS by job recruiters n  ATS can generate interview requests to potential candidates by n  Keywords are nouns and noun phrases `used by recruiters searching through applicant databases and Web job sites for e-mail résumés n  ATS can provide pre-screening questions, response tracking, n  Example: "Assistant" and "manager" are nouns. "Administrative and has multilingual capabilities assistant" and "marketing manager" are noun phrases n  When you apply for a job, your résumé is scanned, and if it does not contain enough of those words and terms, the ATS can store your résumé in the “reject bin” and depending on the ATS features, it can send a generic rejection email Nargiza Jedwab Lehigh Valley Professionals 05/25/2012 Nargiza Jedwab Lehigh Valley Professionals 05/25/2012LVP     1  
  • 2. 10/11/12   + + Keywords to include in a résumé Keywords to include n  Words describing main criteria and terminology in the job n  Professional committee or association memberships description n  Trade shows and conferences you have attended or where you n  Your past and present job titles, and the title of the job you are have presented papers applying to n  Include both acronyms and phrases and explain each of them n  Names of tools (e.g., forklift), software (e.g., Microsoft Project), in the body of your résumé hardware (e.g., Mac), or techniques (e.g., forklift operation) youre qualified to use and that are specific to your job, profession, or industry n  Relevant education and training, including degrees, diplomas, or applicable majors, coursework, licenses, certifications, etc. Nargiza Jedwab Lehigh Valley Professionals 05/25/2012 Nargiza Jedwab Lehigh Valley Professionals 05/25/2012 + + Keywords to include Keywords to include n  Use different forms of the same term. For example: "M.B.A," n  Include the word "resume" in your résumé. It is a word frequently "MBA," "Master of Business Administration," "Masters in Bus. used by recruiters searching for résumés: "M. Jonson’s Resume"), as well as in the file name (MJohnson-resume.doc., MJohnson- Admin," etc. so your résumé falls into the consideration list, resume.html, or MJohnson-resume.txt). regardless of the exact term used by the recruiters in their search n  Important: do not use the word "résumé” (its proper form) since most search software will not recognize “é” character as an "e" and n  Add a section near the top of your résumé named "skills" or will not find your résumé "keywords," where you list as many of your key words as possible n  See résumé sample: http://www.job-hunt.org/resumeASCIIsample.shtml n  http://www.cio.com/images/content/articles/body/2012/02/ MLPreptel-Resume.jpg n  Do not forget to include action verbs Nargiza Jedwab Lehigh Valley Professionals 05/25/2012 Nargiza Jedwab Lehigh Valley Professionals 05/25/2012LVP     2  
  • 3. 10/11/12   + + Other strategies Other strategies n  Do not send a PDF version of your résumé because ATS may not n  Call your work experience, "Work Experience”. Often the recognize it computer can skip over your experience if you call it “professional experience” or “career achievements” n  Do not include tables and graphics because ATS cannot read them n  Do not start your work experience with dates. Start it with your employers name, followed by your title, followed by the dates n  You can include a longer résumé. ATS will scan résumés you held that title. (Each can run on its own line). Usually, ATS regardless of their length first searches company names Nargiza Jedwab Lehigh Valley Professionals 05/25/2012 Nargiza Jedwab Lehigh Valley Professionals 05/25/2012 + + Other strategies Cover letters n  Register a Personal Domain Name. This will give you much better search engine visibility. n  Some Applicant Tracking Systems render cover letters as searchable text n  How to register a personal domain name: http://www.pcworld.com/article/241722/ n  Thus, put additional keywords and skills in your cover letters how_to_register_your_own_domain_name.html n  For more details, see article: n  Add Meta Tags. A meta tag is a coding statement in the http://www.theladders.com/career-advice/getting-cover-letter- Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) that describes contents of noticed a Web page. Follow link for instructions: http://www.job-hunt.org/resumeHTMLmeta.shtml Nargiza Jedwab Lehigh Valley Professionals 05/25/2012 Nargiza Jedwab Lehigh Valley Professionals 05/25/2012LVP     3  
  • 4. 10/11/12   + + Summary Additional reading n  http://www.cio.com/article/ 701272/5_Insider_Secrets_for_Beating_Applicant_Tracking_Systems n  Always have relevant keywords and phrases in your résumé n  http://www.cio.com/article/ 701272/5_Insider_Secrets_for_Beating_Applicant_Tracking_Systems? n  Think like employers when you write your résumé and cover page=2&taxonomyId=3123 letter, that is show that you understand their needs and that you n  http://www.recareered.com/blog/2012/04/09/dont-focus-your-resume-on- can contribute value to the business your-responsibilities/ n  http://www.recareered.com/blog/2012/03/27/why-your-resume-is-stuck-in- the-hr-black-hole/ n  http://www.recareered.com/blog/2012/03/26/building-a-solutions-based- resume/ n  http://www.recareered.com/blog/2012/03/20/use-personal-branding-to- make-your-resumes-first-impression/ Nargiza Jedwab Lehigh Valley Professionals 05/25/2012 Nargiza Jedwab Lehigh Valley Professionals 05/25/2012 + References n  www.Searchio.techtarget.com n  www.Pongoresume.com n  www.Jobhunt.org n  http://searchsoa.techtarget.com/definition/meta-tag n  http://www.theladders.com/career-advice/getting-cover-letter- noticed Nargiza Jedwab Lehigh Valley Professionals 05/25/2012LVP     4