The world of Resume Writing and the broader recruitment market continues to evolve at a rapid pace. A Resume that served the test of time and delivered job interviews for its owner a few years ago may crash and burn under current employer expectations.
One of the key drivers in these changes has been the use of screening software by employers and the broader recruitment industry.
Commonly known by various names, candidate screening software, applicant tracking systems, or recruitment management software (amongst other titles) refers to software used to shortlist applicants. Most medium to large employers and the recruitment industry in general use some form of screening software.
Whether you submit an application direct to an employer or use Seek, Domain, CareerOne, Indeed, LinkedIn or any of the other ‘job search’ websites the chances are your application (Resume and Covering Letter) will be scanned by the software. The software basically scores your application according to the criteria set by the employer. If the application doesn’t score high enough or match the criteria close enough it gets screened out and is unlikely to be seen by a set of human eyes!
So, the task for the person writing your Resume is to consider the screening software in addition to writing engaging content with a ‘visual wow factor’.
Let’s get one thing straight…………..it isn’t a precise science and anyone that tells you they have the magic bullet to beat the software in every case isn’t being honest with you. It’s quite possible to submit a Resume for two identical jobs with the same advertised selection criteria but with different employers or recruitment agencies and get different outcomes.
So, do you just give up in despair? NO. There are a few strategies you can employ to help maximise your chances of getting to second base and securing an interview.
If you picked up this blog thinking you would get the magic formula for cracking the screening software puzzle, then I’m sorry to disappoint. However, putting in place a few strategies that we’ve covered in this blog will help you put your best foot forward and increase your chances.
You might be feeling a bit overwhelmed by what’s needed to craft a quality job application and Resume document. If that’s you, then we need to talk! At Present Professionally, we Power Your Career with the Right Words!
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