Archive for January, 2012

Your Resume and Robots

One of the most frustrating parts of a job search is when you receive email responses that were most obviously generated by an automated responder.

“Thank you for your application. We will be in contact with you if we are interested in setting up an interview. Please do not reply to this email, as it is not monitored.”

“Thank you for your application. At this time, we have decided to pursue other candidates whose qualifications more closely align with the position.”

It’s almost as if no one is even reading your resume…

Well, that’s probably because in many cases, no one is. Instead, more and more companies are using software systems to search resumes for keywords and qualifications before any person ever sets eyes on them. This means you can be rejected because your resume does not have the appropriate formatting, or the keywords that the software is searching.

For more information on these resume robots, check out this article Your Resume vs. Oblivion from the Wall Street Journal.




January 26, 2012 at 1:48 am Leave a comment