The Shocking Truth About ATS Software

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“Studies have shown that up to 75% of qualified applicants are rejected by ATS programs because they can’t be read” (Source: Article posted March 18, 2014, on Forbes.) But is that true? Let’s have a close look at that statement. That Forbes article was written by the ‘founder of a resume service’, aka person behind a company that is helping people with their resumes for money. It was more of an advertisement than an article. On April 17, 2018, published another article that has been often quoted on the internet, like the Forbes one. That article included a statement, “Most companies […]

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How to Make Your Content Go Viral

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As a writer, it is always gratifying to see your work reach a wide audience. While there is always a degree of satisfaction that comes from knowing a few people have read your article, it is even more satisfying to see it reach a large audience. And, while there are many different ways to measure the success of an article, one of the most gratifying is when it receives a lot of social media attention. Shares, likes, and comments on social media can help to ensure that your article reaches a wide audience and that it resonates with readers. Over […]

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Are You The Victim of Fake Linkedin Profiles?

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“Thanks” to sites like, spotting a fake profile picture is harder than before. Luckily there are articles like Which Face Is Real? or How to recognize fake AI-generated images that will help you to learn the difference and spot a fake profile photo within a few seconds. And if you spend enough time on site, which lets you test your ability to distinguish AI-generated profile photos from genuine ones, you will be able to spot a fake profile in no time. LinkedIn has a fake profile problem Microsoft’s social network also has a big problem with fake LinkedIn profiles and it is not getting […]

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Why You Should Never Take a Counter Offer

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Companies are always keen to retain their top employees, so you are likely to be presented with a counter offer if you hand in your resignation. Deciding whether or not to accept a counter offer can be difficult in the thick of it. You are faced with a tough choice and you don’t want to seem ungrateful. And maybe you are reluctant to take it as you do not want to leave your comfort zone as changing jobs could be stressful and you do not want to deal with that. When you resign, there are a number of underlying reasons […]

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The Truth about Psychological Testing in Recruitment

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For years, we have been hearing how validating people based on their resumes is ineffective and should be replaced with pre-employment psychological tests or gamification. Adding a gamification element in recruitment brings real results. One of the examples of gamification in recruitment is Google Code Jam, Google’s largest programming competition. Gamified tests usually create job simulation experience and assess candidates’ skills and how they would deal with the work-related tasks. But could pre-employment psychological tests bring better results than gamification or gamified tests, and do they really work? Pre-employment Psychological Tests Pre-employment psychological tests are a scientific group of questions […]

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How to Find Out Who Actually Owns a Domain Name?

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Disclaimer: The information shared in this article is for information purposes only. The names of the companies and individuals used in these examples have been changed to protect their identities, and I am not implying that they are doing something wrong or illegal. My intention is to demonstrate how you can double-check who is behind the tools and raise awareness among web-application and web-tool users Dozens of new chrome extensions and web applications are brought to life every day. And if you work in the recruitment field, you know that every week you see some new tool that promises to make […]

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Do You Really Want To Be Judged By A Machine?

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In today’s world, where everything is controlled by technology, it is impossible to consider recruitment without mentioning machine learning or Artificial intelligence (AI). It is not necessarily a negative thing because we live in a technologically advanced and exciting time. But don’t you think everything comes with drawbacks? There are a plethora of AI tools available that control everything from interviewing candidates to hiring them. Many companies use AI interview systems as gatekeepers to assess their applicants before candidates even have a chance to speak with a human. Of course, these tools come with many benefits, from saving time to […]

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The Truth about ATS Friendly Resumes

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In 2019, I was preparing for my SourceCon presentation and I spent more than six months learning to understand how the big corporations were using their resume databases (ATS), how the candidates were selected and invited for an interview. I had dozens of avatar resumes that I was submitting with several customizations, to tailor the best resume that would get me an invitation to an interview. I started with that because I saw that several career coaches and so-called career coaches (and people with a huge network on LinkedIn) were selling jobseekers “ATS Ready templates” and giving them false hope […]

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Finding A New Recruitment Job During Pandemic

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Note: These tips are for recruiters and sourcers that lost job recently, but they are applicable to people working outside the recruitment field, as well. Both employers and employees are facing unprecedented times when conditions have changed a lot, if not drastically. And many people including recruiters lost their job during the pandemic, and they are struggling to find new ones due to travel restrictions or hiring freezes at many companies. While it may not be that easy to find a job these days, it is not impossible. You just need to change your strategy a bit, become more flexible, and […]

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Why Being Happy in the Workplace Matters

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Some time ago, one of the entrepreneurs posted this quote on their LinkedIn profile: “People work at their best when their backs are against the wall.” At first, I thought this post must be old, like from 1990, but when I checked the date, I saw it was posted in 2020. My other thoughts were, “His account must be hacked because what kind of leader believes and communicates this type of message in 2020. “Putting peoples’ backs against the wall” is an approach that belongs to the 19th century, and a leader who believes in this probably has no clue how to motivate others. Such […]

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