Lost in the Ether

Lost in the Ether (the rarefied element formerly believed to fill the upper regions of space – Meriam-Webster.com) infers an unknown place.  The same goes for Cyberspace and Black Holes.  They are all places unknown to human beings.  So it’s no wonder that if you Resume ends up in one of these places, no one is going to find it let alone read it!

It has recently occurred to me that there may be an explanation as to why it so common for people to not get any response from job advertisements they apply for online.  I’m talking about ATS, and no I don’t mean Allied Tire Service or Anthony’s Tool Supply (I made these up!), but Applicant Tracking Systems or alternatively, plain old recruitment software if you live in UK.

Invariably these days it seems that corporations large and small including online job boards are using some kind of computer software to manage and sort the vast quantities of data they receive in the form of Resumes, Cover Letters, Job Lists etc. received from potential candidates.  Recruiters use keywords to search their software for the right applicants, just like someone would enter a keyword into a search engine like Google to find what they are looking for.  Those mysterious keywords will hopefully reside within your resume in word (.docx) or plain text (.txt) formats.  By installing what you think are the appropriate keywords within the text of your resume you are effectively carrying out a process known as Search Engine Optimization, and you stand a higher chance of your resume being picked for review by A REAL PERSON.  That’s the theory anyway.

For more information check out this this article I found online by job-hunt.org which explains things in much greater detail.

These are hard times!  So if you are looking for work right now (like me), it might be worth taking a fresh look at the format of your Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV).

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