27 Nov Still waiting to hear about that job you applied for?
Are you being screened out? The role of technology in the job search has become a game changer. The first thing you need to do is to navigate the way employers are searching for candidates and how to make yourself stand out. Here are a few strategies to point you in the right direction.
- More employers are using applicant tracking systems (ATS) to screen their candidates, than actual hiring managers or Human Resources staff. You can beat the game by increasing the key words you use in your resume, applications and cover letters using jobscan.com and tagcrowd.com. You really need to speak the language of the company and position to not get screened out from the beginning.
- Statistics from CareerBuilder survey findings reflect that 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates. A high percentage of hiring managers will actually look you up on social media, including LinkedIn before they even review your resume. Furthermore, 57% of employers are less likely to interview a candidate they can’t find online. This speaks further about having an online presence and being strategic and intentional about what it says about you.
- Employers are expecting you to communicate and articulate what they want to know about you in multiple ways – professional networking and job sites, not just resumes and cover letters anymore. They want to know who you are in the most authentic way. This can really make a difference, especially if you have what they need. Talking about your strengths, values and what motivates you will help you stand out.