Avoid the Applicant Tracking System | JobSearchTV.com

Jeff Altman discussed applicant tracking systems and discourages people from ever applying through one.


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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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11 Responses
  1. Filip Koroy

    It’s a shame more people haven’t seen this video. You might repost it or update it to the broader topic of never filling out job applications, period. Whether they’re ATS or on paper, they’re a waste of time for most jobs. Always better to deliver a resume to the hiring manager. Well-written job descriptions will indicate in the first paragraph who the job reports to. The first thing I do is go looking for a press release with that title. Companies go to great lengths to hide the names of their employees, but are only too happy to brag and boast in news releases. A press release can also give you a “connection” you can use in your cover letter. “Dear Mr. Smith, I read in your recent press release that ….” This will separate you from the SPAM applications. One thing that’s never talked about is the social connection in the hiring process. Work is the primary social outlet for most adults, so hiring managers often give greater weight to a candidate meeting their social needs rather than their skills. The code phrase is “we’re looking for someone who’s a good fit,” which more or less means, “someone who will fill my social void.” This is half of the jobs are never advertised and 85% are filled through networking. Finally, I’d remind applicants that a job is a 2-way street. If you encounter excessive red tape or inept management practices during the hiring process, that should be your red flag to run for the door. I was once interviewed by a bean counter who was livid about a 3 day gap in my work history. I politely told him it was probably a 3-day weekend, I stood, shook his hand, thanked him for his time, and left. He’d failed the interview.

    1. Jeff Altman

      Filip, although the statistics you quote is inaccurate (70% of jobs are filled through networking), and your description of fit makes me smile because, as I point out in other videos, it is impossible to evaluate for fit because everyone is on “good behavior during an interview (you, the hiring manager, the team), the rest is spot on.

  2. Frederik Scholtz

    Thank you sir for the advice.ATS destroyed my life.I am very skilled and I applied day and night .More than 8000 applications..I had to sell everything I owned and had to take a job offer in Thailand.It seperated me from my family.ATS destroy millions of lives.

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