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Career Advice

From Marc Cenedella
Marc Cenedella

The world's leading venture capitalist of today shared the career advice below almost a decade ago. While the advice is targeted at the young, I think the experienced ought to pay heed.

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Robot Wars! Beating Resume Software

An editorís note introducing news coverage on the online systems recruiters and employers use to screen and store your resume.

By Matthew Rothenberg

Congratulations! You’ve done everything you can to make your resume stand out for the people who’ll be deciding your future with the company of your dreams. You’ve selected a great font arranged in an eye-pleasing layout, and your 24-lb., ecru linen paper stock is the envy of your peers.

But guess what? Nowadays, none of those human touches will matter if you can’t get past the computerized systems most HR departments use to screen the thousands of resumes they receive.

In this package of stories, veteran database reporter Lisa Vaas gets down to the nuts and bolts of applicant tracking systems (ATSes), the computer systems that receive your resume and, in many case, decide whether to pass it along to a human recruiter. Lisa offers practical insights on which resumes are admitted entry by these electronic doormen and which are sent packing.

Read on to learn why a winning resume requires more than a trip to the stationery store.

Matthew Rothenberg is the Editorial Director of TheLadders.

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