How ATS Systems Really Work - Briefcase Previously, in the Briefcase Paperless Resume Series, we discussed how employers are changing the hiring industry by moving to paperless resume applicant tracking systems (ATS) and other online platforms. In this post, we will discuss how these ATS’s work, provide best practices for students to stand out and discuss strategies for career service departments to help their students succeed in the digital age. This piece in the series is meant to serves as an online job search “best practice” guide for universities and career service departments who are not partnered with Briefcase. We have optimized resumes that are all ATS compatible giving students a much greater chance to be selected for an interview. The resume will always be a valuable tool in a job seekers toolkit, but when the application process is online, the best looking resume may not stand out above the rest. There are some drawbacks to these systems. By turning away applicants like this, companies are missing out on talent.
How To Redesign Your Resume For A Recruiter’s 6-Second Attention Span It’s frightening. You’ll spend most of your waking life at a job, yet, according to a new study by TheLadders, the average recruiter spends just six seconds looking at your resume. By the end of that time, they’ll determine whether you’re “a fit” or a “no fit.” “The only research that had been done in this domain was self-reporting surveys, which simply was not good enough for us to understand what drives recruiters’ decision-making,” Will Evans, Head of User Experience at TheLadders, tells Co.Design. So Evans led a study that followed 30 recruiters for 10 weeks. Or, more accurately, it followed just their eyes. The result is this heat map tracking six seconds of someone’s attention span. “Both resumes and online profiles should have a clear visual hierarchy, following a format that matches recruiters’ mental model,” Evans advises. He recommends liberal use of both typography and white space to enable effortless scanning of titles, company names, and education.
LILEKS (James) :: Hello. Present. Engage. Grow. - Presentain Salary Negotiation: Make More Money, Be More Valued [Editor’s note: At nearly 7,000 words, you probably don’t want to try reading this on an iDevice. Bookmark it and come back later.] Imagine something a wee bit outside your comfort zone. Nothing scandalous: just something you don’t do often, don’t particularly enjoy, and slightly more challenging than “totally trivial.” Maybe reciting poetry while simultaneously standing on one foot. If I told you I would pay you a hundred thousand dollars if you did five minutes of poetry recital while standing on one foot, would you do it? Would you read poetry for me? Of course you would. What if you were talking about this at dinner with your friends, and one of them said “Oh, no, I’d never do that. This is pretty much how I feel every time I talk to my engineering friends about salary negotiation. Dude, it’s five minutes. (New to the blog? Why Negotiation Matters Your salary negotiation — which routinely takes less than 5 minutes to conclude — has an outsized influence on what your compensation is.
18 easy ways to save on your move If you're among the millions of people pulling up stakes this year and resettling in a new home, getting your goods to a new location means digging deep into your wallet, right? Not so fast. Moving can be expensive, but many folks in their panic or disorganization overlook easy and obvious steps that can save them hundreds or even thousands of dollars, moving experts say. We've done some of the, ahem, heavy lifting for you already, by assembling these 18 tips: 1. "One good tip that we got is that every town or city today has a recycling center -- and they've got tons and tons of boxes," says Jamie Allen, co-editor of the book "How to Survive A Move: By Hundreds of Happy People Who Did, and Some Things to Avoid, From a Few Who Haven't Unpacked Yet." 2. Discuss: Talk about it: Are you paying more rent this year? 3. 4. A note: Movers often won’t insure boxes you pack yourself, says Regelman, "but then again, it’s not rocket science." 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
50 Free Animation Tools And Resources For Digital Learners 50 Animation Tools & Resources For Digital Learners by Lisa Chesser, opencolleges.edu.au A purple monster with wild curls spiraling out of control explains the economics of oil production in the Sudan to students in Los Angeles, Sydney, Berlin, Jerusalem, and Riyadh. That is education and animation working together to teach students everywhere, everything they ever wanted to know. Educators need only utilize the tools available, most of them for free. Some of the animation links catalogued here will give educators very basic tools and histories of animation while others have the animation already created and set in motion, it’s just a matter of sharing it with students. Educators need to decide which tool is best for them. One of the easiest ways to animate, however, isn’t with your own camera and modeling clay, it’s with your links to sites that hand you everything within their own forums. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. For those who prefer to draw, there’s Make It Share It. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.
Interview Tips For When Someone Asks, "What Questions Do You Have For Us?" "When a potential employer asks if you have any questions, they don’t want inquiries about parking validation," writes Kelly Gregorio for Brazen Careerist, "they want to see if you’re prepared, educated, and inquisitive." Interviewers are probably--not unlike a date--sizing you up to see if you're compatible with them (and maybe even the company). Part of the weirdo company courting process is when you, the interviewee, get to ask questions. Keep these in your quiver: If I started tomorrow, what's the first project you'd want me to tackle? Beyond showing how you'd hit the ground running--and helping the interviewer to picture you doing so--this question will preview what the working state of the gig is like. What are the must-have personality traits for this position? This question will help you further fill in your forecast: Self-starting might mean you have little guidance; collaborative may mean you'll be mired in meetings. Do you like it here? Why would I not be a fit for this job?
7 Animated white board If you're in marketing, design or advertising, at some point you might need use an animated cartoon whiteboard video to present an idea. Unlike a static presentations the key to this medium is keeping the customers attention and illustrating ideas in a flowing natural stye. A whiteboard or scribble video is made with a variety simple effects: A hand writing the words across the screen with a marker A hand using a marker to draw a cartoon Images popping in and out Camera swings, pans and zooms Cartoon charters with speech bubbles. You get the idea. Prezi: Prezi is the least impressive of the bunch. Video scribe: Video scribe does a great job of the effect of someone writing words across a screen or drawing a picture and is easily able to import .svg files and "draw" them by hand (although it only draws the outline and then the colours auto-fill, the effect is still quite good). Fiverr: Fiverr is a marketplace where you can buy many marketing and advertising services. Pow Toon: Go Animate: OK.