John Balchunas Workforce Development DirectorNORTH CAROLINA BIOTECHNOLOGY CENTER
What happens when you                submit your application?SMALL ORGANIZATIONS
What happens when you                submit your application?MEDIUM/LARGE/GLOBAL COMPANIES
What happens when you                     submit your application?WHAT IS AN APPLICANT TRACKING SYSTEM (ATS)?  An enterpri...
What happens when you                                      submit your application?WHAT IS A TYPICAL WORKFLOW?        1. A...
The Résumé Black Hole                         3. You                         apply for                         the job.4. ...
The Résumé Black HoleWHAT GOES ON IN THE BLACK HOLE?  1. ATS categorizes chunks of information.  2. The system compares yo...
The Résumé Black HoleA FEW COMMON ATS MISCONCEPTIONS  • Algorithms just search for “keywords.”  • Real people don’t even r...
How can you better navigate the                       résumé black hole?BEFORE APPLYING FOR A JOB  • Create your foundatio...
How can you better navigate the                      résumé black hole?CREATING A PLAIN TEXT RÉSUMÉ  1. Use the “Save As…”...
How can you better navigate the                     résumé black hole?CREATING A PLAIN TEXT RÉSUMÉ(1)                     ...
How can you better navigate the                      résumé black hole?CREATING A PLAIN TEXT RÉSUMÉ (2)                   ...
How can you better navigate the                      résumé black hole?CREATING A PLAIN TEXT RÉSUMÉ (3/4)                 ...
How can you better navigate the                         résumé black hole?WHEN APPLYING FOR A JOB ONLINE  • Customize your...
How can you better navigate the                         résumé black hole?WHEN APPLYING FOR A JOB ONLINE  • Prioritize you...
Thoughts and Questions?          John BalchunasNorth Carolina Biotechnology Center  John_balchunas@ncbiotech.org        ww...
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    1. 1. John Balchunas Workforce Development DirectorNORTH CAROLINA BIOTECHNOLOGY CENTER
    2. 2. What happens when you submit your application?SMALL ORGANIZATIONS
    3. 3. What happens when you submit your application?MEDIUM/LARGE/GLOBAL COMPANIES
    4. 4. What happens when you submit your application?WHAT IS AN APPLICANT TRACKING SYSTEM (ATS)? An enterprise-level software system used to efficiently automate and manage: – Job Posting – Applicant Screening – Tracking & Reporting
    5. 5. What happens when you submit your application?WHAT IS A TYPICAL WORKFLOW? 1. A job opening 2. HR reviews the requisition and triggers a posts the job to the requisition request web. 5. Someone gets a job 3. You offer. apply for the job.5. HR and Hiring 4. Applications areManagers interview reviewed, rejected, orcandidates. forwarded to hiring manager based on qualifications.
    6. 6. The Résumé Black Hole 3. You apply for the job.4. Applications arereviewed, rejected, orforwarded to hiringmanager based onqualifications.
    7. 7. The Résumé Black HoleWHAT GOES ON IN THE BLACK HOLE? 1. ATS categorizes chunks of information. 2. The system compares your résumé with others. 3. Résumés are filtered and/or ranked based on set priorities, including: – Screening Questions – Geographic – Referral source – Contextual use of keywords 4. Recruiters review and identify candidates. 5. Contact initiated or résumé “kept on file.”
    8. 8. The Résumé Black HoleA FEW COMMON ATS MISCONCEPTIONS • Algorithms just search for “keywords.” • Real people don’t even read the résumés anymore. • One wrong answer on an application form will ruin your chances. • Knowing someone at the company doesn’t matter anymore.
    9. 9. How can you better navigate the résumé black hole?BEFORE APPLYING FOR A JOB • Create your foundational résumé. • Save your résumé in several formats and know when to use them: – Microsoft Word/RTF – PDF – Plain Text
    10. 10. How can you better navigate the résumé black hole?CREATING A PLAIN TEXT RÉSUMÉ 1. Use the “Save As…” feature to save your document as a .TXT file. 2. Open the document in Notepad. 3. Disable “Word Wrap.” 4. Use spacing, capitalization, and plain text lines to restore formatting.
    11. 11. How can you better navigate the résumé black hole?CREATING A PLAIN TEXT RÉSUMÉ(1) In Word/PDF, everything looks good
    12. 12. How can you better navigate the résumé black hole?CREATING A PLAIN TEXT RÉSUMÉ (2) Everything gets garbled when converting to plain text by: – You – Cut/Paste – ATS
    13. 13. How can you better navigate the résumé black hole?CREATING A PLAIN TEXT RÉSUMÉ (3/4) Use Notepad to reintroduce formatting that is safe for cutting and pasting
    14. 14. How can you better navigate the résumé black hole?WHEN APPLYING FOR A JOB ONLINE • Customize your résumé based on the job posting. • Upload the .DOC or cut/paste information from the .TXT version. – PDFs can be problematic for ATS systems • Fill out all fields, including salary information. • Take your time with open-ended screening questions. • Use your professional network to let people at the target company know you applied
    15. 15. How can you better navigate the résumé black hole?WHEN APPLYING FOR A JOB ONLINE • Prioritize your job targets at a potential employer. – DON’T apply to every job you feel qualified to fill. – Applying to many unrelated positions can come across as indecisiveness or desperation • DO apply online, whether you sent your résumé to a person or not. • DO respond promptly to any correspondence from the company.
    16. 16. Thoughts and Questions? John BalchunasNorth Carolina Biotechnology Center John_balchunas@ncbiotech.org www.ncbiotech.org NORTH CAROLINA BIOTECHNOLOGY CENTER
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