More and more companies use applicant tracking systems to accept resumes from job applicants. Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to avoid having your résumé automatically rejected by the ATS.

 

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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  1. Farbod Pasand

    Hi Jeff, Could you please help me to getting a job, I have many years
    experience in art and design filed, here’s my website: http://wp.me/3sxpv
    You can take a look at my resume and portfolio are there.
    If you have a chance please let me know for what reason I can’t get a job?
    Before, thanks for your time.
    Sincerely yours.

  2. Farbod Pasand

    Hi Jeff, Could you please help me to getting a job, I have many years experience in art and design filed, here’s my website: http://wp.me/3sxpv
    You can take a look at my resume and portfolio are there.
    If you have a chance please let me know for what reason I can’t get a job?
    Before, thanks for your time.
    Sincerely yours. 

  3. Farbod Pasand

    Hi Jeff, Could you please help me to getting a job, I have many years experience in art and design filed, here’s my website: http://wp.me/3sxpv
    You can take a look at my resume and portfolio are there.
    If you have a chance please let me know for what reason I can’t get a job?
    Before, thanks for your time.
    Sincerely yours. 

  4. Info Warrior

    Hi jeff..really its great to hear from u some helpfull advise for
    resume…i need some help..i have 1 year of gap between my 1at emp and 2nd
    emp..i left my 2nd emp after working for only 3 month to do a diploma
    course 6 month..now i have completed my diploma and looking for job..now
    from last 5 month i m searching for a job and havr gave many interviews in
    big co, but not getting slected.
    See,i m graduate in business managment ,hold 1.6 years of exp in e-commerce
    plus a diploma in digital marketing…but still not getting job ..so is it
    becoz i have gap in career….what should i do?…i n not hiding anything
    in my resume…

  5. Info Warrior

    Hi jeff..really its great to hear from u some helpfull advise for resume…i need some help..i have 1 year of gap between my 1at emp and 2nd emp..i left my 2nd emp after working for only 3 month to do a diploma course 6 month..now i have completed my diploma and looking for job..now from last 5 month i m searching for a job and havr gave many interviews in big co, but not getting slected.
    See,i m graduate in business managment ,hold 1.6 years of exp in e-commerce plus a diploma in digital marketing…but still not getting job ..so is it becoz i have gap in career….what should i do?…i n not hiding anything in my resume…

  6. Opinion ator

    Hi jeff..really its great to hear from u some helpfull advise for resume…i need some help..i have 1 year of gap between my 1at emp and 2nd emp..i left my 2nd emp after working for only 3 month to do a diploma course 6 month..now i have completed my diploma and looking for job..now from last 5 month i m searching for a job and havr gave many interviews in big co, but not getting slected.
    See,i m graduate in business managment ,hold 1.6 years of exp in e-commerce plus a diploma in digital marketing…but still not getting job ..so is it becoz i have gap in career….what should i do?…i n not hiding anything in my resume…

  7. James McDonald

    Good video, quite informative. for anyone else still looking for a job and
    preparing or updating your resume, i also found another great site called
    jobscan.co which has been very helpful, especially if you’re applying for a
    job where the company will receive several hundred applicants. jobscan
    analyzes the job description automatically and identifies the most
    important keywords that you should include on your resume which saves a lot
    of time for you and helps you get around applicant screening software.
    saved me lots of time and got me more interviews. just thought i would
    recommend the site to anyone else who’s still searching.

  8. James McDonald

    Good video, quite informative. for anyone else still looking for a job and preparing or updating your resume, i also found another great site called jobscan.co which has been very helpful, especially if you’re applying for a job where the company will receive several hundred applicants. jobscan analyzes the job description automatically and identifies the most important keywords that you should include on your resume which saves a lot of time for you and helps you get around applicant screening software. saved me lots of time and got me more interviews. just thought i would recommend the site to anyone else who’s still searching.

  9. James McDonald

    Good video, quite informative. for anyone else still looking for a job and preparing or updating your resume, i also found another great site called jobscan.co which has been very helpful, especially if you’re applying for a job where the company will receive several hundred applicants. jobscan analyzes the job description automatically and identifies the most important keywords that you should include on your resume which saves a lot of time for you and helps you get around applicant screening software. saved me lots of time and got me more interviews. just thought i would recommend the site to anyone else who’s still searching.

  10. meme hey yo

    I need help with my resume I am relocating. I am currently working at this
    time as a public safety officer certified New York State Peace Officer. I
    am looking into the healthcare industry to work as a public safety officer
    or security officer. I am moving to Florida once I get a job interview and
    a offer. I want my resume to pass the applicant tracking systems. Since
    2003 to current, I have a combined 11 years of working experience both as a
    public safety officer and security officer, plus 10 years of training in
    law enforcement and security. My current resume did not pass the applicant
    tracking systems. Please I really appreciate and many thanks for a helping
    hand. If possible can you send me examples of resumes for public safety
    officer and security officer to my e-mail rodolfogracia71@gmail.com have a
    good day!

    1. Jeff Altman

      +meme hey yo This is Bonnie for Jeff. He is on vacation so I am going to respond for him. Watch the video playlist he has availlable on Applicant Tracking Systems by searching TheBigGameHunterTV AND Jeff Atman. That will get you to the home page for his channel and look for “playlists” and then by the ATS or “applicant tracking systems.” That is becauses we do not have a sample resume to send to you because that would not help you. You need to customize your resume to the job you are applying for.

  11. meme hey yo

    I need help with my resume I am relocating. I am currently working at this time as a public safety officer certified New York State Peace Officer. I am looking into the healthcare industry to work as a public safety officer or security officer. I am moving to Florida once I get a job interview and a offer. I want my resume to pass the applicant tracking systems. Since 2003 to current, I have a combined 11 years of working experience both as a public safety officer and security officer, plus 10 years of training in law enforcement and security. My current resume did not pass the applicant tracking systems. Please I really appreciate and many thanks for a helping hand. If possible can you send me examples of resumes for public safety officer and security officer to my e-mail rodolfogracia71@gmail.com have a good day!

  12. meme hey yo

    I need help with my resume I am relocating. I am currently working at this time as a public safety officer certified New York State Peace Officer. I am looking into the healthcare industry to work as a public safety officer or security officer. I am moving to Florida once I get a job interview and a offer. I want my resume to pass the applicant tracking systems. Since 2003 to current, I have a combined 11 years of working experience both as a public safety officer and security officer, plus 10 years of training in law enforcement and security. My current resume did not pass the applicant tracking systems. Please I really appreciate and many thanks for a helping hand. If possible can you send me examples of resumes for public safety officer and security officer to my e-mail rodolfogracia71@gmail.com have a good day!

    1. Jeff Altman

      +meme hey yo This is Bonnie for Jeff. He is on vacation so I am going to respond for him. Watch the video playlist he has availlable on Applicant Tracking Systems by searching TheBigGameHunterTV AND Jeff Atman. That will get you to the home page for his channel and look for “playlists” and then by the ATS or “applicant tracking systems.” That is becauses we do not have a sample resume to send to you because that would not help you. You need to customize your resume to the job you are applying for.

  13. SW Sweetie

    Get your resume to *A REAL PERSON*. By all means, submit the online
    application. But afterwards, you’ve got to take some extra initiative and
    get your resume into the hands of a living, breathing human being. Use
    Google, LinkedIn, the company’s website or just call and get a name from
    the receptionist. But get a name of someone relevant and FedEx your resume
    to them. Make a nice cover letter letting them know exactly what you’re
    interested in. And I wouldn’t waste time emailing it. Most of these
    managers have hundreds of emails. Your email probably won’t get opened
    until the job is already filled. This is what I do and I changed jobs 3
    times during the recession, each one paying better than the last. *The ATS
    is nothing more than a rejection machine.* Even if you cut and paste the
    job description into your resume, it won’t see the light of day if the
    machine ranks other people higher than you.

  14. SW Sweetie

    Get your resume to *A REAL PERSON*.  By all means, submit the online application. But afterwards, you’ve got to take some extra initiative and get your resume into the hands of a living, breathing human being.  Use Google, LinkedIn, the company’s website or just call and get a name from the receptionist. But get a name of someone relevant and FedEx your resume to them. Make a nice cover letter letting them know exactly what you’re interested in. And I wouldn’t waste time emailing it.  Most of these managers have hundreds of emails. Your email probably won’t get opened until the job is already filled. This is what I do and I changed jobs 3 times during the recession, each one paying better than the last. *The ATS is nothing more than a rejection machine.* Even if you cut and paste the job description into your resume, it won’t see the light of day if the machine ranks other people higher than you.

  15. katy phelan

    I have been reject 5 times by video game companies its left a sour taste in my mouth stopped applying to every video game company I can think of . because of lack of experience no one will hire me at all it really hurts me .

    1. Jeff Altman

      Katy, I hear you. Two things. The good news is you are getting interviews. Many people never do. The first suggestion I have is to practice interviewing. After all, your resume doesn’t hide the fact that you are a beginner. How can you present yourself as a better beginner than another beginner may be to improve your interviewing. Watch my videos and learn. The second thing I want to share is a reminder–it only takes one–1 company to give you a chance. Keep plugging and NEVER quit.

    1. Jeff Altman

      and show internships, part time roles . . .anything you’ve done professionally (Remember, I know nothing about your work).

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