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  • Education and Training Program Mission: - Educate the Public - Train the Workforce for NC‘s growing biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry
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    • 1. John Balchunas Workforce Development DirectorNORTH CAROLINA BIOTECHNOLOGY CENTER
    • 2. What happens when you submit your application?SMALL ORGANIZATIONS
    • 3. What happens when you submit your application?MEDIUM/LARGE/GLOBAL COMPANIES
    • 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. 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. The Résumé Black Hole 3. You apply for the job.4. Applications arereviewed, rejected, orforwarded to hiringmanager based onqualifications.
    • 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. 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. 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. 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. How can you better navigate the résumé black hole?CREATING A PLAIN TEXT RÉSUMÉ(1) In Word/PDF, everything looks good
    • 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. 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. 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. 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. Thoughts and Questions? John BalchunasNorth Carolina Biotechnology Center John_balchunas@ncbiotech.org www.ncbiotech.org NORTH CAROLINA BIOTECHNOLOGY CENTER

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