The Sting of Rejection Thursday, Jun 7 2012 

http://fistfuloftalent.com/2012/06/the-sting-of-rejection.html

Being out of work is beyond disheartening.  I’ve been out of work for a prolonged amount of time twice in my career, and it was awful; it made me incredibly thankful for my wife, and made me question practically everything else.  Now, though, I’m employed, and I’m hiring!

Here’s the problem, though: I can’t hire everyone.  My recruiting team and I have fifteen jobs open as I write this.  In the last thirty days, we’ve gotten just over 500 resumes for these jobs.  These aren’t evenly distributed, either.  Yes, I’m averaging thirty applicants per job, but for a few of these, I’m *still* looking for candidates!

12 Ways to Optimize Your Resume for Applicant Tracking Systems Wednesday, May 30 2012 

http://mashable.com/2012/05/27/resume-tracking-systems/

You filled out the job application, updated your resume and clicked “Submit.” But as the days or weeks pass, you never receive a phone call or email from the employer. What happened?

Unbeknownst to many job seekers, a whopping 72% of resumes are never seen by human eyes. Why? Well, employers large and small now use applicant tracking software to parse the information from your resume and map it into a database called an ATS (applicant tracking system). From this information, the system will assign you a score based on how well you match the job the employer is trying to fill, and then rank and sort all candidates. Naturally, the potential employees with the highest scores move on, while others are left in the dust.

Wondering how you can optimize your resume and rank highly in the employer’s ATS? Here are several tricks to improving your resume’s score.

1. Use Language from the Job Description: Look through the job listing to determine the skills required. Identify industry terms, buzzwords and jargon the hiring manager uses most frequently in the description and incorporate these words into your resume when possible and applicable — the ATS is looking for these keywords.

How to Leverage Applicant Tracking Systems To Land a Job Friday, May 4 2012 

http://mashable.com/2012/04/28/applicant-tracking-systems/

Since paper applications are going the way of the dinosaur in favor of digital job postings, it only seems logical to have more automated recruitment processes. Along with increased technology in the hiring process, there can also be some challenges for the average jobseeker.

One frustration is the electronic application submission process, commonly known as Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). Applicants regularly complain about the proverbial “black hole” their resumes are sent off to when they hit the submit button, never to be seen by anyone again.

It’s doubtful that we will return to old school recruitment, so it’s time to demystify Applicant Tracking Systems. Let’s take a look behind the curtain to find out how to make an ATS work for you.