I've noticed a lot of companies use BrassRing by Kenexa to manage their job applications, what is the best way to make your application stand out?
BassRing is an applicant tracking software. I've not used it personally but you can research it on the IBM Kenexa brassring website. I do have experience using Taleo (during my time at an Oil and Gas and Engineering Consultancy) and Saima soft (Finish software which was tailor made for ourpany). Good ATS systems assist recruiters better manage their workflows and to respond via emails to multiple candidates by an automated means or by using various templates and helps them to schedule interviews. It also allows storage of cvs and profiles and allows for search and retrieval of cvs using keyword searches. In short the life of the recruiter bes easier. What is the best way to get your application to stand out ? Ensure that your cv is in Word format (.doc or .docx) and preferably not in other document formats. For example PDF may not be readable by certain ATS. Job titles andpany names are also important as the recruiter may use these as a search option. Keywords on page 1 rank higher than those on page 2 so put your latest job upfront and older jobs at the back - reverse chronological order Remove tables eliminate graphics and remove any special characters as these are not searcheable and distracting Always upload cvs rather than pasting them ordered-list Keywords may include nouns adjectives short phrases These tips will help your cv be easily searchable and discovered by the recruiter. Be careful not to copy word for word as it might be very obvious that you did. Find ways to incorporate and express your cv with those keywords so the recruiter can find your cv but not in a blatant manner wherein the recruiter doubts your authenticity or ability. Bullet points are ok and leave lots of white spaces to ensure that when your hard work is finally in the hands of a human being it is easy to read. Can I apply twice to the samepany? Yes you can and do remember to customise your cv with fresh keywords for each new job role. Don't submit two applications for the same role. Ensure that your customisation is still consistent with your experience and not too divergent from any older cvs that may be on a particularpany s database or ATS. Network in addition to submitting your cv - and finally employee referrals help a lot. In manypanies employee referrals bring your ranking higher up and to the notice of the recruiter. Please leave ament if you need more. Finally thanks for the A2A - this was a fun question to answer.