It Sucks to be Looking for a Job right now

Understanding Applicant Tracking Software

With tech companies doing massive layoffs, forcing people back to the office, and our AI overlords just on the horizon — it sucks to be looking for work right now!

But it doesn't have to!

If you’re one of the 98% of applicants that hasn’t even gotten called in for an interview, DON’T WORRY - with these 5 tips you’ll be on your way to getting more meetings right away!

Optimize your Resume for Applicant Tracking Systems

Before ChatGPT, the ATS robots were the only ones we had to worry about and we still do. 99% of all fortune 500 companies use software to sift through resumes. If you haven’t gotten an interview, this is why.

Tailor your Resume and Cover Letter for the specific role

Speaking of AI, it’s easy as ever to make a custom tailored CV. Simply throw the Job Posting into ChatGPT and ask it to make a short summary and 10 bulleted popular keywords.

Create an Outreach Strategy

While it’s true that only 2% of applicants get an interview, it’s also true that 98% of applicants don’t send the hiring manager a personalized message. Locate and send the hiring manager a message. If you want to get really crafty, triangulate!

Follow Up

It sounds so simple, but a powerful followup message can change the tides in your favor. Let them know you’re still interested and have been researching the company. Mention something specific you’ve noticed or try to add value in some way. Attach a portfolio or a 10 day action plan to show you’re serious.

Use Notion to keep track of your job leads

I’m going to ask you a question and I want you to be honest. Okay? You’re gonna be honest, right? “Do you have a list of places you’ve applied to?” That’s a rhetorical question because we all know the answer to that one. Seriously, do yourself a favor and put on those grownup pants. Notion is a free and easy way to keep track of your job search. They even have a built-in template for this exact use-case.

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