If you know your application should have passed the HR sift, but it didn’t and you’re about to send a rebuttal, you may want to pause on doing that and here’s why.

You’ve probably applied through an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). This is one of the worst screening tools for job seekers. They are so picky and they’re looking for the exact verbiage that was in the job advert. Ideal tool for recruiters, right, but not for you who’s hoping to get to interview.

What can you do?

If you are uploading your CV and it asks you to ‘upload here’, this is probably not going to any person in particular but to software i.e. ATS screening software. Before you hit that button, you need to do this:

  1. Go to Google and type in Jobscan.co or any other ATS CV Checker
  2. Upload your CV and also the Job Description
  3. How well does that CV match the Job Description – you want to be aiming for at least a 60% match or higher and still reads well. What I mean by that is, it isn’t stuffed with keywords from the job advert that don’t make much sense

You can also do similar with your LinkedIn profile as it’s almost a guarantee that your LinkedIn profile will be viewed as you move from a computer sift to being considered by a human:

  1. Go to your profile
  2. Click on More (in image)
  3. Download PDF of your profile
  4. Upload your PDF and the Job Advert and see how well a match you are for this position
  5. If it’s less than 60%, then you need to align your LinkedIn with this role/organisation if this is the job you really want

Good luck and if you need any help, simply contact me at coaching@trishmullen.com

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