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How to beat applicant tracking systems

Sharon Florentine | Feb. 14, 2014
All's fair in love, war and job hunting. Learn how to use 'guerilla' job search tactics to use applicant tracking system technology to your advantage.

"If you use the company name once, the Taleo system will give you a point. If you use it twice, you get two points in their system. If you want to see how it works, they're very open about the process," he says. "Taleo even has videos on YouTube that show how they eliminate candidates who don't know how to play this game."

In addition, Gillis says, include your most current skill sets and four — only four —accomplishments, each with a net result. Each should include the name of the company for whom you worked, your title, dates and your role. And that's all, he says.

"All the extras, all the other details, should be saved for your long-form resume," Gillis says. "The short-form's the job-seeker's equivalent of when Oprah says, 'We're going to take a break, but when we come back, I'll teach you how to get $1 million!' You're not going to change the channel now, are you?" Gillis says.

"This is what you're doing — this is how you're playing the game. You want the hiring manager to call you and say, 'I am looking at your resume, but I would love to see more information,' and that's why you have a rich, robust long-form resume. Then you can say, 'Great! I will send you my long-form resume and some additional information, and we can set up an in-person conversation'," says Gillis. "This is the end-game. This is where I'm trying to get my clients," he says.

"None of these tricks — adding the keywords section, short-form resumes, none of this is dishonest or deceitful," he says. "I am simply showing people how the game is played. Companies use this filtering software, they set the technology to scan only page one, and on and on - this is how the game is played. And if you know how to do it, you can play the game, too," he says. "I want to level the field here. My goal is to put myself out of business."


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