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How to Apply Online to Large Companies

How to Apply Online to Large Companies

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Beating the recruitment machinesBy Michael MillarBusiness reporter, BBC NewsMany big companies are using technology to filter job applicantsContinue reading the main storyYoung & JoblessDreams to despair for Egypt's youngThe young and the restlessYouth unemployment in the Arab worldClass of 2012Many of the biggest companies in the world are using software to recruit their workforce, so howcan you beat the odds in the most competitive job market in history?If you take the time to fill in a job application, you might think someone would at least have thecourtesy to actually look at it.But as more and more job applications are made online, companies are increasingly turning tocomputer programs to help manage the load.This means it's as likely as not it won't be someone vetting you - but something.These programs, called applicant tracking systems, scan your CV to decide whether you move on inthe process or fall at the first hurdle.Continue reading the main storyTips for online CVsClear layout: The more complicated it is, the harder it is for the technology to process
Key words: Find out the key words used for your role in the industry, and place those words near thetop of your CVSkills, skills, skills: When you list each piece of experience on your CV, mention the skills youobtainedThe right heading: Don't just put your name, also put the description of the role you wish to performSource: James Brian, MonsterDigital ageA BBC survey of 20 of the world's biggest organisations, which between them employ almost fourmillion people, found no fewer than 18 used some form of electronic selection.Tim Payne, a partner at KPMG Management Consulting, says most if not all large organisations usesystems like this.However, smaller firms have been slower to take it up, he adds."For organisations with very high numbers of applications, some electronic form of screening is theonly cost effective way to manage the process," Mr Payne says.This is true at KPMG, which uses programs to sift through the thousands of applications thecompany receives globally for every job it offers.But if being judged by a cold, unfeeling machine seems a bit Orwellian, Mr Payne argues it is apositive development for applicants."Research shows if you put the same CV in front of the same people but then change some aspects,like name or ethnicity, the way they evaluate it often changes," he says."Online application forms, which ask standard questions that can be scored objectively, is a muchfairer way than a recruiter reading it."
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"Putting the most important words first increases the computer's chances of a hit"”
 Wilma TuckerRight ManagementAction wordsTo see these programs in action, the BBC organised a meeting for 22-year-old job seeker SarahGreenwood at recruitment firm Monster.Sarah wants a job in marketing but admits she finds the prospect of finding a role in the currentenvironment both intimidating and bewildering."It feels like a very transient job market, where you have to be inventive and creative and you haveto be prepared to work for nothing if you want to get anywhere," she says.At the company's London headquarters, James Brian, Monster's director of product management,pits Sarah's CV against the computer.He then tells her: "You obeyed a lot of the golden rules. You kept it to two pages and you didn't doanything crazy like putting boxes and diagrams in there - they are the kind of things that don't workwell when you upload your CV to an applicant tracking system.""What I've done is search for the kind of jobs you are after and then looked for the key words thatare in the descriptions of those jobs."Where we can get those key words into your CV, I've made sure there are plenty of them," he says.

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