"Many job seekers have long suspected their online employment applications disappear into a black hole, never to be seen again"
"Most recruiters report that at least 50% of job hunters don't possess the basic qualifications for the jobs they are pursuing"
"the proportion of large companies using them (ATS' is) in the "high 90%" range, and says it would "be very rare to find a Fortune 500 company without one."
"At many large companies the tracking systems screen out about half of all résumés"
"today's tracking systems are programmed to scan for keywords, former employers, years of experience and schools attended to identify candidates of likely interest. Then, they rank the applicants. Those with low scores generally don't make it to the next round"
"Only 19% of hiring managers at small companies look at a majority of the résumés they receive, and 47% say they review just a few"
"Forget about being creative. Instead, mimic the keywords in the job description as closely as possible...don't get cute with graphics and layout"
"Visit the prospective employer's website to get a sense of the corporate culture. Do they use certain words to describe their values? If a firm has a professed interest in environmental sustainability, include relevant volunteer work or memberships on your résumé. The company may have programmed related keywords into its resume screening software"
"Keep the formatting on your résumé simple and streamlined-you don't want to perplex the software"
"But don't ever lie or exaggerate just to get through the screening process"
Source: The Wall Street Journal, Your Resume vs. Oblivion
"we conducted a comprehensive eye-tracking study of recruiters while they reviewed resumes..a line of research that uses technology to record and analyze where and how long someone focuses when digesting a piece of information or completing a task."
"Most job seekers think recruiters spend 4 to 5 minutes reviewing a resume. The truth: recruiters spend about 6 seconds before they make the initial “fit/no fit” decision. That means prioritizing information is essential."
The study’s “gaze tracking” technology showed that recruiters spent almost 80% of their resume review time on the following data points:
"As many as 75% of applicants for a given role aren’t actually qualified to do it"
“98% of job seekers are eliminated at the initial resume screening and only the “Top 2%” of candidates make it to the interview”
"Applying for jobs you’re unqualified for can hurt your chances at future positions with the company too. The online recruitment software company Bullhorn surveyed 1,500 recruiters and hiring managers and found that such irrelevant applications was the biggest turnoff for 30 percent of them. (And of that group, 43 percent said they would ‘blacklist’ those candidates from any other jobs as well – by suppressing their names from even coming up in future resume searches"
"Only apply for jobs that you actually qualify for"
"Explain how you can stand out on the job. Employers want to hire someone who will make their lives easier"
"Apply to the job that you're applying to... If the job title on your resume doesn’t match the job that you’re applying to, there’s little chance that you’ll make it into the top 2%. Similarly, even if you have the qualifications for the job, if your career objective doesn’t match with the role, you’re unlikely to be hired for it"
"A resume that is tailored and specific to a job will always stand out from the crowd of generic applications, and that’s how you can make it to the job interview"
Source: Workopolis, Why Only 2% of Applicants Actually Get Interviews (November 2016)
"60 percent of job seekers quit in the middle of filling out online job applications because of their length or complexity" "About 50 percent of responding employers said the length of application processes is a positive because it "weeds out" applicants"
Source: SHRM - Society for Human Resource Management, Study: Most Job Seekers Abandon Online Job Applications (March, 2016)