8 Ways Job Seekers Are Being Shut Out of the Hiring Process

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Published on September 25, 2014

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8 Ways Job Seekers Are Being Shut Out of the Hiring Process

8 Ways Job Seekers are Being Shut out of the Hiring Process

Reason #1 - Job Boards Don’t Work! The average job board gets 119 applicants - and if the job is boosted, it gets 1000’s! This is WAY to many to look for for a Recruiter!

Reason #2 - The ATS System is Broken ● Ats stands for Applicant Tracking System ● If You Don’t Fill out the form completely, you can be tossed! ● Because recruiters seach by key word, most applications don’t get seen! ● It’s old outdated technology that companies are still using

Reason #3 -Companies Want Specialists ● Companies hire a person to solve a problem and allieviate a pain ● Recruiters and hiring managers seek the person that does the best job of convincing them that they have the special skills necessary to solve the problem and alleviate their pain. ● You can do that by demonstrating how your personality, aptitude and experience has solved that very problem in the past.

#4 - No Network at Dream Companies - 80% of jobs come from referral! ● Think back to the earlier conversation about ATS - recruiters do not want to sift through 1000’s of applications. ● What normally happens is someone in the company mentions someone they have met and remembered. “I know a guy that would be perfect for this” ● Make a bucket list of the 10 companies that you really want to work for and start connecting with people in that company via LinkedIN.

#5 - Cover Letters are Redundant ● The purpose of a cover letter is to bring your resume to life. ● If you say the same thing in the cover letter as the resume, there is no reason for the recruiter to read it! ● You need to get a recruiter at HELLO. How do you feel connected to the company? ( I remember the first time I used your product)

#7 Resume Overdone ● Resumes need to be skimmable. Studies show that you have 6 seconds before the hiring manager moves on. ● No fancy fonts, no adjectives like “go-getter”, “highly organized” - these are subjective and are like nails on a chalkboard with recruiters. ● Lots of white space, simplify , be concise and clear. ● Quantify experience w numbers - ( I led a 30 person team over 2 years and increased profits by 37%)

#7 - LinkedIn Profile Not Optimized ● According to LinkedIN, 50% of people do not have their profile optimized. ● Optimization helps you show up in recruiter searches. ● Take a job description - go to wordle.net - make a word cloud - see what the keywords are. Have those throughout your profile.

#8 - Failure to Validate in Interview ● You got this far! You don’t want to blow it! ● Research the company - ask questions, learn what problem they need solved. ● Companies hire on the three following traits in order - Personality, aptitude, and experience. ● While you don’t want to change who you are, you need to recognize the personality of the hiring manager so you can adapt your answers.

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