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How To Give The ATS A 1-2 Punch

How To Give The ATS A 1-2 Punch

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Job seekers’ least favorite activity has to be a toss-up between networking and submitting resumes online. This is not the result of a proper survey, but as a Certified Advanced Resume Writer, the vast majority of concerns I encounter from the public and clients have to do with these two subjects.

People want to learn how to format their resumes properly for Applicant Tracking System (ATS) technology, since it looks like it’s here to stay. However, knowing how to do this can be confusing. They also know they need to be networking, but wonder how to do it. What they are surprised to find out is that by mastering both, they can give the ATS a solid 1-2 punch.

You might be wondering what they have to do with each other. In this post, I’ll explain a technique that could transform you job search. It requires a mindset shift – from applying with as many places as possible, to being more selective and allowing yourself more time to work with your network. But, it pays off by getting you more interviews, and into your ideal job faster.

Keep reading to learn how to use this 1-2 punch in your job search and for the latest formatting tips to comply with the ATS.

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Kristin Johnson Kristin is a TORI award-winning, 6-times certified resume writer, job search coach, and social media consultant. She's the proud owner of Profession Direction, LLC, which was recently named one of Forbes Top 100 Career Sites of 2013.