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Six Things You Must Do Now If You're Looking for a Better Job (continued) . . .

 

Three invisible obstacles you’ve probably never heard of

In the good old days—prior to, say, 2005—you needed only one basic resume. All you had to do was send your resume and a cover letter.

In 2008, that probably won’t work. Now you must make sure that that you resume breaks through sophisticated spam filters—otherwise nobody will even see it!

1. Advanced spam filters

For years, companies have had serious problems separating serious applicants from all the spam, so now they’re using advanced software—Applicant Tracking systems—that pinpoint the “best” resumes for a particular position.

In other words, it’s highly likely that your resume will be trashed if it does not exactly mirror the specs for a particular job (Ref 1).

2. OFCCP

If you submit your resume to a company with more than 50 employees, beware the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

Thanks to regulations enacted in 2006—over and above the existing EEOC regs—employers are protecting themselves by restricting the number of “active and qualified” applicants for each job posting (Ref 2).

3. Web 2.0 and the "new" Internet

The term Web 2.0 mostly refers to an Internet phenomenon that promotes information sharing, collaboration, and “social networking.”

Maybe you’ve never even heard of Web 2.0, but you’ve certainly seen examples of it all over the Internet, for example: Blogs, Wikipedia, and social networking sites like YouTube, LinkedIn, myspace, and facebook.

Web 2.0 is not quite an obstacle—it’s actually a trend that strongly favors job seekers who establish an “online identity” on the Internet.

In the “new" Internet era, social-networking sites like myspace and facebook are not just for kids anymore: Potential employers are using these sites to find top talent. So if you lack an online identity, you might be invisible to companies that are actively looking for somebody with your expertise (Refs 3 and 4).

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