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Getting Your Resume through to the Keeper

If you apply for a job with a mining company, or think you may want to work overseas, you will find yourself writing job applications that go through application tracking systems designed to weed out poor applications before a human sets eyes on it.

You need to know how to get your job application past the application tracking systems.

Nothing Beats a Good Job Application

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Don’t turn yourself inside out trying to beat the algorithm. Your application can end up sounding phoney.

Just write a good application. Seek.com provides great advice on writing a good resume, or if you are still at school go to Youth Central for tips.

Key Words

The application tracking system will scan your application for keywords that are in the job advertisement.

If they are looking for a professional tap dancer you need to use the words “professional” and “tap dancer” in your application.

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If you do tap dancing but have never worked professionally put in a Career Goal at the start of your document that says that your dream is to work as a full time, “professional tap dancer“.

Then you can talk about your tap dancing qualifications and experience that lead to this dream under traditional headings like:

Qualifications

Just list your qualifications, where you got them and when. A table of qualifications may take on a life of its own in cyberspace and end up a jumble when it is downloaded.

You can put in headings like:

    • Academic Qualifications
    • Dance Qualifications

Experience

Stick to what is important. If the professional tap dancer is required to work in a team you can talk about your experience working in a team at the local coffee shop where you were required to work under pressure and support other team members. Mention “team” in your answer.

If you can’t make your coffee shop experience add to your story, leave it out.

Referees

It will be best if you have a referee who is a professional tap dancer. 

The Prime Minister may be your first best friend but he is not going to have any credibility with employers looking for a professional tap dancer.

Don’t Get Fancy

  • Pictures of your latest tap dancing performance won’t be picked up by the application tracking system. Leave them out.

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  • Just save your application in Word or as a PDF, attach it and send. Don’t get fancy with Google Docs or Dropbox etc unless they say that is what they want.
  • Use Grammarly to check your spelling and grammar before you send off your application.
  • I don’t like pictures of applicants. It is an equity issue AND the application tracking system may not be able to read the picture.

It’s an Online Social World

If your application gets to a human, they will check you out on social media to save time BEFORE you get called in to an interview.

  • Start building an online profile that makes you look like the sort of person who would succeed as a professional tap dancer.Digital-Footprint (1)
  • Set up your LinkedIn profile and start building your reputation as a committed tap dancer.
  • Join local and world online tap dancing groups. Build your reputation.

The Future of Job Applications

Don’t panic if you can’t get your head around algorithms and key words. Just write your best application. Remember:

  • In Western Australia most employers own small businesses so they won’t be using application tracking systems, and even some IGA stores just have a form that you have to fill in.

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There are some seriously cool job application apps coming through which will make it easy for employers to find out about you… but probably harder for you to make your application shine. There may be a future in writing seriously cool job applications for these apps.

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Clean Up Your Social Media

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Employers check your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts as part of their recruitment process. Google is your CV and needs to be an advertisement for you as a brand.

If you have ever said or posted something online that you would rather a potential employer didn’t see then you need to it clean up BEFORE you send in a job application or start up a LinkedIn account.

SEARCH

Google your name to find any references to yourself on the Internet.

Destroy

Delete any embarrassing photos and unflattering posts that might make an employer choose someone else for the job.

Hide

Lock down your privacy settings on all social media accounts that you only want friends to see.

Make sure your friends do the same. It is easy to find you via your friends posts.

Facebook: Keep a default picture and your name. Only make public posts that show you in a good light.

Instagram: Use the Archive feature to pull out unflattering posts without losing the post, comments or likes.

Twitter: If you share controversial tweets go private. Go through your old posts and delete tweets that an employer might not be happy to see.  

Pinterest: You can make your boards private.

Snapchat: People can screenshot and save your photos without you knowing.

Show

Let potential employers see photos and posts that show you in a positive light. Playing sport, getting awards, family events, hobbies and volunteer work all make you look like a good future employee.

Your connections on LinkedIn will show who you know in an industry and that could lead to you getting the job.

Artificial Intelligence

Your digital image is getting stronger as artificial intelligence is scraping your digital footprint.

My friend recently bought some Antique White paint at Bunnings and paid with her credit card. The next time she logged into Facebook Antique White and Bunnings were advertising on her page.

Every site you visit, every location you visit with your mobile phone, everything you buy with a credit card can be traced. Mobile apps are collecting your information without your permission.

You can find out more about how to protect your digital footprint at the Internet Society.

If you want to keep up with the latest information on how the internet is changing your work opportunities, subscribe to the Infocus Careers Newsletter. Contact me, Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au   M: 0434056412