I worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years (214 in dog years) have a real appreciation for how hard the process is. Systems help but ultimately it comes down to a lot of work done quickly. You have a part in this too.

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter and someone asked the question about how
recruiters narrow down the resumes they receive and they use the example of a
recruiter has a thousand resumes. How do they narrow them down?
saying it's not like people are emailing resumes most of the time. If they do, so
be it . . . but most of time they are uploading resumes to an
applicant tracking system the system is narrowing it down based upon keywords
where the keywords are in the doc,
Let's say the first pass from the applicant tracking system reduces it
from a thousand to 500 it's probably going to do more but work with me
They're gonna work quickly because it's not as though there's a
thousand resumes that are put on their desk. What they're doing is quickly opening up
documents to look at them and making decisions and if you believe the
statistics on this they make decisions within six seconds so within one page
down and sometimes by hitting (I'm a Windows user. There is a Mac equivalent)
ctrl-f, typing in the keywords that are sought
You see whether or not the keywords are there because,, sometimes
the systems miss and you're getting people with relatively thin experience
who keyword stuff the resume. Then, from there they were assessing based upon the
quality of the institution they work for, the person works for, how many years of experience . . .
there's a lot of quick decisioning that goes into it no one is sitting there
with a printed resume and reading it course not even if we have 20
resumes, recruiters don't do that.. They're quickly skimming things because
there's more resumes always being delivered more phone calls to reply to
more clients to reach out to their multitasking your job is a job hunter is
to make the fit obvious. Place the information that they care about early in
the resume, obvious within the resume so that they can see it quickly. Hope
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ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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

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  1. Jen H

    Many years ago…I had a company call me in for an interview… which was really a math test.. that was how they sorted through the resumes… a timed math test… The job I ended up with had a math test and a typing test, maybe another test. That was many, many years ago… but yeah. It takes all types.

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