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by Ozzie Saunds
Career Specialist

Gone are the days of walking into a business, taking your hat off, shaking the owners hand and asking if they are looking for some extra help. The only door we walk through nowadays is an Internet portal – but you’d still better know how to make a good first impression if you want to get anywhere.

With the growth of the Internet, the way we find and apply for available positions has dramatically changed over the past decade. With just a few clicks of a button, a job seeker can upload or email their qualifications to an online job board or HR personnel. With the increased ability to apply for more jobs in a shorter amount of time, hiring managers and recruiters have to deal with a lot more applications per open position. To cope, they have turned to recruiting software and applicant tracking systems to help them screen out resumes that don’t seem like a good fit – that is, according to the eyes of a computer.

Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) and recruiting software operates by linking keywords found in resumes to qualifications required to perform jobs. The computer software, after scanning resumes, recommends to hiring managers which resumes have been deemed worthy to be viewed by human eyes, potentially saving them valuable time. Job seekers who do not know how the job hiring process works from the inside, but whom are potentially qualified to perform the job, unfortunately get the electronic boot. The technical savvy job seekers who understood what these computer software systems are looking for, however, manage to quickly fill their pockets with a new source of employment income.

Follow these four insider secrets to beating the recruiting software and you’ll increase your chances of getting a phone call for that interview.

1. Learn what keywords the recruiting software is looking for

Read numerous job postings for not only the positions that you want to apply for but for also jobs that are similar to the roles you desire. Pay special attention to the qualifications that are listed in these job postings and make sure you are using these keywords in your cover letter and resume. By reading a lot of job postings within your career set, you’ll also get a good understanding of the industry terms used to describe the skill sets of the candidates organizations are looking for. For example, if you are looking for a great sales position, solution selling, business development and account management might be great keywords to use throughout your resume. If you are looking for an interesting management position, leadership, team and supervise might be keywords you should consider for your resume.

2. Learn how to effectively incorporate these keywords into your resume

Incorporate a section called “Core Competencies” near the top of your resume. Insert the keywords that are listed in the job posting that you are applying for inside of this section. Keep this section to approximately 12 keywords, which will illustrate that you have the qualifications required to do the job. This will also allow the recruiting software to find the keywords it is looking for early on in the resume scanning process.

3. Utilize a variety of industry terminology for you career set

By varying the way you use the keywords in your resume, you will illustrate to the hiring manager that you have a deeper understanding of the role and job functions that are involved in the position that you are applying for. Recruitment software is also advance enough to understand which different keywords have similar abilities. For example, if a graphic designer lists a skill as designing, computer systems will associate the keyword with developing or even conceptualized. If a training specialist uses the keywords coached, computer systems will also relate the keyword to advised or guided. Expand your use of vocabulary through-out your resume and it will bring it to life as well as showcase your strengths.

4. Include your accomplishments

Perhaps the most important function of your resume is to display your accomplishments and significant achievements to potential employers. Every time a hiring manager decides to hire someone new for their organization, it’s a risky move because they don’t really know the person they are hiring. How will they perform? Are they has good as they say they are? Will they do what they said they are going to do? These are all usually concerns of the hiring manager. Listing what you have done for other companies, by providing tangible results and specific performance numbers, will ease any concerns that the hiring manager has about hiring you.

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Ozzie Saunds is an experienced Career Specialist who has worked with North America’s largest job board and the world’s second largest international recruitment firm. Currently the founder/owner of a successful recruitment organization he is committed to continuing his efforts of maximizing the potential of every career professional he works with.

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