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How Can I Make Sure My Resume Gets Past Resume Robots and into a Humans Hand?

How Can I Make Sure My Resume Gets Past Resume Robots and into a Humans Hand?
I once spoke to a former co-worker who was working at a company that I wanted to apply for. He told me that after going through the resume submission/questionnaire process, if I got an email response immediately, then it's already rejected my submission, and to keep tweaking it until I didn't get an immediate response. I did that, and eventually got up to a phone interview. It ended up not being a great fit for me, so I didn't go any further in the process (and I wasn't desperate to leave my current job at the time, either). This is most likely not going to be the case for every company (and maybe not even for any companies but this one... I don't know), but it was definitely helpful for that one. I guess the more useful information from my anecdote is to get the inside track from one of the company's current employees, wherever possible. Flagged

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