Getting your resume noticed by ATS and human screeners

For the last 2 weeks Doris and I have been exploring job boards – their use, advantages, disadvantages, and limitations. As part of the research I did on What are job boards, and do they work? I uncovered the fact that applicant tracking systems, or ATS, make the determination of which resumes to pass along to employers, and which to reject based on keywords and other searchable elements. Job board ATS reject 70 – 90% of applicant resumes. Large employers also now use ATS to sift through the piles of applications before a human takes over the hiring process. Up to 90% of Fortune 500 companies use ATS.

Doris pointed out last week in her blog Boomers looking online for work: some things to consider, the Jobvite index shows that employee referrals are the best way to get hired. I wondered, between most resumes being weeded out by ATS and most hires being from employee referrals, are job boards worth the effort? Read more

Our connected world in these modern times of terror, human connections, and social media

I was, like most people I know, shattered by the terrorist attacks in Paris. The city of light became the city of horror, with innocent people killed, injured, and/or frightened. In our connected world, Facebook and Twitter lit up with information, and misinformation. Those on Facebook draped their profile pictures in the colors of the French flag with an easy to use app. Mashable, the digital media website, created a twitter account “En mémoire” as a moving memorial to those killed with people posting a picture and a sentence or two about a victim. During the attacks, instagram and twitter photos flooded cyberspace. Read more