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It’s Not You… or Is It?

Today’s job search can easily become impersonal

➔ Remember when looking for a job consisted of meeting people, having real human beings review your resume or application, doing face-to-face interviews? If you’ve been job hunting for any length of time, you already know that there is very little of that going on in the 2022-job search.

Of course the 600-pound gorilla in that room is the ATS – automated tracking system. While it’s so much easier to find and apply for jobs electronically, it’s that much more difficult to break through the clutter of 350 other applicants.

The ATS has de-humanized the hiring process to the point where you’re being rejected without anyone actually looking at your application. Heck, some employers don’t even accept cover letters with resumes.

It’s easy to become “just a number”

This impersonalization has turned many job seekers into “just a number.” And, that’s your biggest challenge: how to stand out so that you’re not a number.

One thing that hasn’t changed is that you are what you bring to the table. Connecting what you’re good at with the job opening will enable you to rise to the top.

Ironically, the best way to do that is to do it personally, through human interaction. When you know that you’re absolutely right for the job, find someone within the company who will allow you to plead your case. Through networking, through LinkedIn, through mutual acquaintances… whatever it takes.


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