Monthly Archives: July 2017

Get Help Focusing on the Right Targets During Your Job Search

As you know, nowadays most of the electronic submissions to which you upload your resume are first scanned by an Applicant Tracking System (ATS).  Your LinkedIn profile is also scanned by HR organizations and recruiters looking for specific types of talent.
One of the ways they capture the skills and experience they are looking for is by first establishing a set of criteria the candidate needs to have (such as M&A experience, P&L management, Project Management, Lean Six Sigma, etc.).  These Keywords or Key Phrases allow the hiring entities to match requirements to candidates on a broad scale when they are dealing with hundreds of resumes.
When they match their keywords against what is found in your resume, you are given a percentage match, like 27% or 80%.   Ones that pass their threshold limit will then potentially be passed on to a human in HR, those that don’t may not be seen by a person at all.
Some organizations, such as jobscan.co, provide a tool that allows you to ensure that you have the keywords you need for a specific type of role.
So, when you find a you would like to apply to, copy and paste the job description into Jobscan. Then do the same for the text in your resume.  At that point you can click “scan” and it will do what the ATS systems do — it will give you a list of keywords, numerically ranked it order of how many times they appear in both documents.
This is a great tactical tool to use for just tuning up your resume with exactly the same words that the hiring company is looking for. It is also a strategic tool, because as you aggregate the results of multiple scans, it will help you see if you are looking for the roles that you are best qualified.  It can help you research and evaluate a number of related job titles and see where you match the best with your skills and experience.

Leadership

Do you believe leadership is one of your strong points?

Leadership is something that is often defined and alluded to but is, in fact, difficult to ascertain.

To over simplify; good leaders are usually highly empathetic in the sense of understanding the views and feelings of people working for them.  At the same time they are relatively low in terms of charity (true altruism) because as a leader they need to persuade people to achieve his/her objectives.

So, if you tell someone in an interview that you are a highly effective leader, always follow the statement with a clear example of how your leadership either directly changed things or how your leadership actions enabled a specific success.  This should be in terms of a short “soundbite” type of story.  For example: This was the situation, this is how I led people to the right decision/conclusion/action and this was the result.