A viewer, Filip Konroy, ffered some advice in a comment, after watching my video, Avoid The ATS https://youtu.be/PI_XsDtfphc.

Here I comment on, make some corrections and comments and his advice is very good, hence why I shared it.

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Hi, I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter and I've done a bunch of videos related to applying for jobs through the applicant tracking system and, Philip, I apologize if I mispronounce the last name Koroy wrote back to me with a comment. He saw my video entitled "Avoid the Applicant Tracking System." The video's probably had a few thousand views on YouTube, but he wrote this thought to say and, by the way, I'll have a link to the video In the show notes.
“It's a shame more people haven't seen this video.” He suggests that I repost it or update it and do a video about filling out job applications.
Now, he continues by writing, I thought this was going to be useful to share with you. " Whether they use an ATS or are on paper, they're a waste of time for most jobs"(I presume he's talking about applications).
"Although 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 who are only too happy to brag and boast the 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 . . . (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 many adults. So, hiring managers often give greater weight to a candidate meeting their social needs rather than skills. The come phrase from the phrase, "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 that are never advertised.
"In 85% are filled through networking--NOTE: That number's way high. It's 70% and of the 70% . . . I will get into that later--This is half of the jobs that are never advertised. I'm sorry. I'm rereading the same thing. Finally, I remind applicants that a job is a two-way street. If you encounter excessive red tape, run for the door."
"I was once interviewed by a bean counter who was livid about a three-day gap in my work history. I politely told him It was probably a three-day weekend. I stood, shook his hand, thanked him for his time and left. He's failed the interview. "
Let me kind of dissect this. As many of you know, I've always said never EVER apply for a job through the applicant tracking system. It is so hard to stand out amongst the pack of resumes and, even if you do, I have videos that talk to how to best go about doing it through an ATS, to kind of rig the ATS and defeat it.
So, the suggestion about looking for the hiring manager through press releases is a good one. And you can use Google in order to do this and LinkedIn, of course is a great resource. You can search by company and title and get to the individual who would be that person. Once you have that name, you can circle back to Google. Look for the press releases. That's probably the tactic he used.
Now in terms of fit, he says 85% of positions are filled through networking. I know the statistic is 70% of positions are filled through networking and, of the 70%, 70% of them (or 49 percent) are filled because the person you know, knows someone who you don't.
Lastly, I find it's rude to walk out on people. You can just mentally reject them. You always want to create a great impression because this bean counter may have been having a bad day, just like you do. This bean counter looked at this– – I agree. This person was an imbecile. But you never know where they show up years later and looking across the table, it reminds me of a classic episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" where Larry David is yelling at some person who is giving him a hard time on the road only to discover this is the person that he's meeting with for his next appointment.
So, I remind you the world changes. You change. They change. It's a small world and you never know when you'll run into someone or someone who they know who knows you or is interviewing you and winds up giving you a bad referral.
So, I hope you found this helpful. I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. If you're interested in my coaching you, I want to remind you that you connect with me on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/TheBigGameHunter. Mention that you saw the video. I just like knowing that I am helpful to folks. Once we're connected, send me a message. Let me know that you are interested in one on one coaching. I look forward to helping you.
Lastly, I have classes on Skillshare. Even if you're not a member of Skillshare, there are opportunities for you to take my classes. If you become a member, use the link in the show notes because it will make it a lot easier for you. They'll give you two free months as part of your membership versus the one month they open the site. So, it's Skillshare, search for me by name. I have a bunch of classes up there and more to come.
Hope you have a great day. Take care.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years.

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