In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, you read how many employers today use an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to automatically screen and filter the online job applications they receive. In Part 2, we discussed Kayla, a fictional job applicant who was about to apply online for an Accounts Payable Specialist position with the equally fictional Humongous International (HI) company. You saw an excerpt from the HI online job posting detailing the duties of the position as well as the requirements each applicant must meet in order to be eligible for consideration. Finally, you – unlike Kayla – were privy to the notes taken by the HR analyst after discussion with the hiring manager, and you know what key words and criteria will be programmed into the ATS for use when reviewing applicants for this position. In this final installment of this series, we will follow Kayla as she submits her online application and attachments, which are then reviewed by the company’s ATS. Continue reading
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Currently Planning Your Career?If you are still in the selection and planning stages for your career, these Career Lantern posts may be helpful:
■ Still trying to decide if your potential career choice is a good idea? What does the future for this career field look like? How much money can you expect to make? Before you take the leap, check out this article which can steer you to free and valuable informational resources.
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Applying for Jobs?You’re ready to start submitting job applications, resumes, and cover letters to apply for various positions in your chosen career field. Read these Career Lantern posts to learn information which may improve your chances of getting called for an interview:
■ When you apply for a position, odds are you will do so online through a portal to an organization's Applicant Tracking System (ATS). What does this mean for you? Does an ATS help or hurt your chances of landing a job interview? What can you do to help ensure you are not filtered out? Check out our multi-part series on this very timely topic!
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■ What if you are asked for professional references? Be sure to read about securing and submitting professional references!
■ Did you know your social media and online presence may be actually hurting your chances of getting a job interview or being hired, even after a great interview? Read how to avoid trashing your chances!
■ So you think you’ve written the perfect cover letter to go with your resume and job application? Whatever you do, don’t make this mistake!
■ Is there a gap in your employment history? Gaps can be a potential red flag to employers. Read this posting to see what you can do to help minimize the impact of employment gaps!
Job Interview HelpGetting ready for that big job interview? Here are some links to Career Lantern posts which can help:
■ The interviewer has likely already seen a bunch of candidates today just like you. What makes you think you’re anything special? Read about differentiation to make sure you stand out from the other candidates!
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■ What are the chances you may be asked during the interview to take some type of skill test or perform a task to demonstrate your abilities? The odds may be higher than you think! Read about it here.
■ Ok, you've got a job interview lined up. Next, you have to get there - and arrive on time! Trust me, you need to know more than just the address! Be sure to consider the logistics involved!
■ Don’t walk into a job interview with nothing more than just your resume and a smile! Read this to find out why!
■ The interviewer might ask you a question that starts off something like “Tell me about a time that you…” This is most likely going to be a behavioral job interview question. Learn what these job interview questions are and discover suggestions for answering them.
■ Behavioral-based job interview questions are very popular. Here is a list of potential questions for you to consider before going into the job interview.
■ Once the interview is over, should you send a thank-you note to the interviewers? Some say yes, some say no. Read about this issue here.