Even before COVID-19 impacted job seekers across the country, the way job seekers are encouraged to conduct their search has changed drastically, and further removed them from the opportunities they seek. The pandemic and the resulting massive number of layoffs, only serve to highlight the obstacles to opportunity now more than ever.
One of the biggest challenges involves the evolution of the job application process. There are now numerous job boards and “easy apply” buttons on websites that provide a quick hit of positivity and confidence to job seekers by giving them a false sense of productivity. Since it now takes such little time to complete the job application process, professionals desperate to land their next opportunity will click to apply to as many postings as possible, hoping to play the odds and win, to be selected for at least one opportunity. However, real results are difficult to achieve when so many others are using the same strategy.
This evolution in the job application process has also impacted employers. Recruiters are buried with an influx of job applicants for every position. Some are qualified, but many are not. A mass number of qualified and unqualified candidates pile up for the same job opening, and the process has become disastrous and convoluted. And because there is never a shortage of technology companies to solve a problem (or create new ones), employers have adopted platform technology to help streamline their workflows. These platforms or Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) accept, track and vet candidates using software algorithms to sort and rank candidates.
Al·go·rithm /ˈalɡəˌriT͟Həm/ (noun) A procedure for solving a mathematical problem (as in finding the greatest common divisor) in a finite number of steps that frequently involves repetition of an operation.
That’s right. There is an extremely high likelihood that software, and not an actual person, is reviewing your application and/or resume for keywords that match each job description. (You have also likely received recommendations for positions you should apply for, courtesy of a similar algorithm.) So if this process sounds impersonal, it’s because it is. And if that process makes being selected for an interview sound a lot like buying a lottery ticket (and winning the jackpot) you’re starting to see the problem clearly.
Talented job seekers are far too easily overlooked in the most ideal job market, but even more so, when there are hundreds of applicants for every role due to high levels of unemployment. Job seekers have to out maneuver the algorithms and do something different. Engineering your job search to open doors is possible. With the right tools and best practices at your disposal, you can develop a strategy that will save you time, money and frustration.
Use these 10 steps to find your next opportunity experiencing less frustration, wasted time and lost income.
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