I know job searching can be tough, but don’t worry – I created this page, to provide helpful resources and tips to support you on your job search journey.

You’ll find links to articles and content covering how the current job market works, as well as strategies to make your search more effective. But before we dive in, let me introduce myself properly!

I have over 20 years of experience in the industry and have interviewed over 10,000 candidates while hiring hundreds of people. From reviewing more than 120,000 resumes, I really understand the ins and outs of the whole hiring process.

My goal is to use my knowledge and experience to help make YOUR job search smoother and more successful. I’m here to support you every step of the way with my best tips and advice.

Now, let’s get started!

Your Personal Job Search Toolkit

Think of this site as your personal job search toolkit, evolving to meet your needs! The page is divided into helpful sections to answer your most common questions and provide useful insights. The first section focuses on ATS optimization, resumes, and LinkedIn profiles. You’ll find tips and suggestions to make sure you put your best foot forward.

Further down, discover additional resources to empower your job search – from networking advice to interview preparation and more. Whatever your needs may be, tools are here to support you.

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My goal is to equip you with truly useful insights and information – no gimmicks or false promises.


Applicant Tracking System (ATS)

Top 10 FAQs about ATS

There is a lot of misinformation circulating about ATS! Some of the misconceptions include the idea that ATS rejects candidates and that having the right keywords in your resume can beat the ATS. 

Allow me to provide you with insights addressing the top 10 concerns surrounding ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems).

What is an Applicant Tracking System (ATS)?

An ATS is a software application used by employers to manage job applications. It helps in organizing, filtering, and sorting resumes.

Can an ATS reject my resume?

No, ATS won't reject your resume just because it doesn't have the keywords. This is the only scenario where your resume might get filtered out.

How can I make my resume ATS-friendly?

If you are using PDF as a format, just click CTRL+A to highlight the whole text in your resume. Then press CTRL+C and CTRL+V whilst viewing your Word document, and if you can copy and paste the text, your resume is ATS ready. If your resume is in formats like DOC, RTF, DOCX etc., and you are not using images instead of text, your resume is ATS ready.

Does every employer use an ATS?

Not every employer, but many medium to large-sized companies and most online job application portals use an ATS.

Is it possible to bypass an ATS?

Direct networking and referrals can sometimes bypass the ATS, but generally, for online applications, your resume will go through an ATS. Especially because of the privacy laws in various countries.

Will an ATS reject a candidate without the right keywords?

NO. Only recruiters are screening out candidates.

Can creative resumes get through an ATS?

Creative resumes with unusual formats or graphics often don't fare well with ATS, which prefers plain text and a straightforward layout.

Can an ATS interpret charts or graphs in a resume?

No, ATS cannot interpret data from charts or graphs. It's best to include all important information as text.

Will hidden keywords in the resume help you beat ATS robots?

No, this is not true. Trying to 'game' the system with hidden keywords (like white text on a white background) is often counterproductive. ATS are designed to flag or ignore such tactics, and it can reflect poorly on your application's integrity. It's best to incorporate relevant keywords naturally within the content of your resume.

I need assistance with my resume. Can you help?

Absolutely! That's a service I offer. Please reach out to discuss details, fill this contact form.


Top 12 FAQs about Resume

“You have to have a one-page resume, and if it’s not an ATS-ready template, you shouldn’t even bother applying. Oh, and don’t forget to add three references to your profile. Did you know that 75% of recruiters never even read a resume?”

Do these sound familiar to you? These are often bad advice spread by people who are trying to sell you a magical solution to a problem that doesn’t even exist. Allow me to share with you an important truth about resumes.

Recruiters need 6 seconds to review the resume. Is this true?

This is a myth. In fact, a study I conducted shows that recruiters often spend more time reviewing resumes. The idea that resumes are given only a cursory glance is misleading.

Do I need an ATS robot-proof resume template?

No, it's a myth that you can beat ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) with a specific resume template.

Do I need a one-page resume?

No, resumes that are 2-3 pages can also work fine, especially if you have extensive experience or qualifications.

Is it necessary to include a photo in my resume?

No, in most industries, including a photo is not required and you should add it. However in some countries like Germany the profile photo is required.

Should I list all my past jobs on my resume?

Not necessarily. It's often better to include only the most relevant positions that align with the job you're applying for.

Do I need a separate resume for each job application?

It's beneficial to tailor your resume for each application, highlighting relevant experience and skills for the specific job. But it is not necessary.

Is it true that over 75% of resumes aren't read by humans?

This is not true. The notion that most resumes are overlooked by human recruiters is a myth. There's an article explaining how this misconception began and sheds light on the actual process of resume screening.

Is it important to include references on a resume?

No, it's not necessary to include references on your resume. Employers will ask for them if needed.

Should my resume include an objective statement?

Objective statements are outdated. A professional summary or profile is more effective in showcasing your skills and experience.

Is it necessary to include every skill I possess on my resume?

No, it's best to only include skills that are relevant to the job you are applying for to avoid cluttering your resume.

Should I explain the reasons for leaving my previous jobs?

No, your resume should focus on your experience and skills. Reasons for leaving past jobs can be discussed during the interview if required.

Do I need to mention every certification I've earned?

Include certifications that are relevant to the job you're applying for. Overloading your resume with unnecessary certifications can distract from your core qualifications.


Top 10 FAQs about LinkedIn

LinkedIn serves as a primary platform where recruiters search for new employees. However, many candidates fail to leverage its full potential. Have you fully utilized this website’s capabilities?

Is a LinkedIn profile necessary for job seekers?

Yes, it's highly recommended. LinkedIn is a key networking tool and many recruiters use it to find potential candidates.

How important is a professional photo on LinkedIn?

Very important. A professional photo makes your profile more personable and increases credibility. It should be a clear, friendly, and professional headshot. This is the reason why it holds significance!

What should I include in my LinkedIn profile summary?

Your summary should highlight your professional background, key skills, and career aspirations. It's an opportunity to showcase your personality and career goals.

Should I customize my LinkedIn URL?

Yes, a customized LinkedIn URL looks more professional and is easier to share. It can simply be your name if available.

How often should I post or engage on LinkedIn?

Regular engagement is key. Sharing industry-related content, commenting on others' posts, and participating in discussions can increase your visibility.

Is it necessary to have recommendations on my profile?

Recommendations can greatly enhance your profile. They provide credibility and a personal testament to your skills and work ethic.

How detailed should my work experience be on LinkedIn?

It should be detailed enough to highlight key responsibilities and achievements, but concise. Use bullet points for clarity and focus on results and accomplishments.

Should I connect with people I don’t know on LinkedIn?

It's best to connect with people you know or have a professional reason to connect with. However, expanding your network with relevant professionals (+ recruiters) in your industry can be beneficial.

What's the importance of using keywords in my profile?

Keywords related to your skills and industry make your profile more discoverable to recruiters and others searching for those skills.

I need assistance with my LinkedIn. Can you help?

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