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I built a bot to apply to thousands of jobs at once – hear’s what i learned



I have a great job, and there’s no rush to leave. As a director at a national nonprofit I’ve built some fantastic teams, but over the past year, they’ve gotten so good at what they do that I’ve begun to wonder whether I’m still needed. So I started slowly casting about for new challenges, initially by applying (perhaps naively) to openings at well-known tech companies like Google, Slack, Facebook, and Squarespace.

  1. I’m up against leaders in their field, so my resume doesn’t always jump to the top of the pile.
  2. Robots read every application.

The robots are “applicant tracking systems” (ATS), commonly used tools for sorting job applications. They automatically filter out candidates based on keywords, skills, former employers, years of experience, schools attended, and the like.

As soon as I realized I was going up against robots, I decided to turn the tables–and built my own.

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Four things recruiters look for to size up candidates’ potential 


I’ve recruited countless graduates for roles in many organizations over the past decade, and I’m constantly asked what I look for. My answer is always the same: potential.

This is especially true for entry-level hires. Obviously, there’s no point in assessing recent grads the same way that you would more experienced candidates. Without much work experience or familiarity with the workplace, those candidates need to bring something else to the table–namely the ability to pick things up quickly and apply new ideas on their own. Here are a few concrete qualities that signal potential in entry-level (or any!) candidates–and what job seekers can do to show those traits off.

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5 Questions You’ll Hear at Your Next Job Interview — and Exactly How to Answer Them

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27 surprising things that affect whether you get hired

By Shana LebowitzJun 28, 2018

There are many pieces to a job interview.

There’s the obvious stuff: Have you done your research on the company? Are you polite to the interviewer and eager to join the staff?

But there’s also the less obvious stuff: How do you treat the receptionist? Are you smiling too much?

Below, we put together a list of seemingly trivial details that can affect your chances of landing the gig — and only some are within your control.

Jacquelyn Smith and Vivian Giang contributed to a previous version of this article.

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52 Resume tips to transform your job search

Posted byJon Shields

Creating a resume for your job search should be easy. Download a template, write up your work and education history, then fire it off to eager potential employers. But once you start, the questions start piling up. Are objective statements still a thing? Do I put the company name or my job title first? Which skills and duties do they care about? How small can I make my fonts and margins to fit everything on a single page? And what’s this I’m hearing about applicant tracking systems?

We’ve got answers– 52 resume tips to guide you through the process. Below you’ll find:

  • Resume Sections: What Goes Where (1-7)
  • Resume Formatting and Style Tips     (8-16)
  • ATS optimization (17-25)
  • Highlighting Your Skills (26-29)
  • Honing Your Experience (30-38)
  • Additions and Subtractions (39-42)
  • Wordsmithing and Resume Writing (43-50)
  • Online Resume Tips (51-52)

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how to trick the robots and get your resume in front of recruiters

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5 things I wish someone had told me before I started my first corporate job

By Madeline MannJun 17, 2018

Gosh, they seem obvious after a while but no one actually gives you these tips in school.

1. Know when to use “Reply all” and “Bcc”

Seriously, no one sits anyone down and tells them:

If you are on a big email where everyone’s addresses show up, don’t hit “Reply all” when your response is only intended for the sender. Everyone will hate you.

I did all these things wrong, and YES, people did hate me…

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A third of employers ‘less likely’ to hire trans workers, report says

Posted by Jake Hallin news

According to a recent study of 1,000 respondents, one in three employers admit that they would be ‘less likely’ to hire a transgender candidate.

A further 47 percent admitted they would be unsure about hiring a potential trans employee, whereas an enormous 88 percent claimed they have no trans-inclusive workplace policy.

The study, conducted by employment law firm  Crossland Employment Solicitors, was conceived to find out whether or not employers understand the current laws protecting trans people. Incidentally, the Equalities Act 2010 only safeguards the rights of trans employees if they propose to undergo, are undergoing or have undergone medical gender-reassignment treatment – which, of course, not all trans people choose to (or can afford to) do.

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How to Respond When Hiring Managers Ask You to Work for Free

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How to bounce back from resume rejection

But viewed another way, rejection can also be considered a very effective sifting mechanism. It keeps companies from hiring candidates who wouldn’t make a great fit, and it also keeps candidates from stepping into jobs that just aren’t right for them, allowing them to move one step closer to the jobs that are.

Here are a few things to keep in mind that can help you spring back and move forward quickly each time you face this challenging aspect of the job search process.

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You’re 5x more likely to get a job interview if you apply by 10am


Applying to jobs can be a full-time job itself. It’s especially taxing if you’re already working. When do you have time to fill out job application after job application? After work, maybe. Before lunch, if you’re especially committed. But, here’s the thing: they’re the absolute worst times to apply for a job.

We’re always looking for ways to make the job search easier. While looking through our latest data, we discovered this nugget: Applying to a job before 10 am can increase your odds of getting an interview by 5x.

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How to make a job sound super impressive on your resume

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42 Amazing resume tips That you can use in 30 minutes [examples]


Maybe you’ve finished writing your resume, maybe you’re just starting. 

Either way, you could probably use some quick resume tips. 

What are the best tips for writing a resume?

It’s easy to overlook things when you’re worried about finding a job. The best tips help you remember the smallest details of resume writing. 

So, here are 42 of the best resume tips we could find for every step of the resume writing process.

For your convenience, we’ve divided the tips into twofive, and thirty-minute tips.

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this common first job mistake can cost you $10,000 a year for life

MAY 23, 2018

It’s not uncommon for young professionals to tread water for a bit after college, working at a coffee shop or in retail until something more permanent comes along.

But this temporary period of floating can reverberate throughout a person’s career — and cause some serious damage.

Researchers from the Strada Institute for the Future of Work and Burning Glass Technologies recently parsed through 4 million resumes to understand the career trajectories of college graduates. “Underemployment,” that middling state of workforce participation that lands grads in jobs they’re overqualified for, snares 43% of first-time job seekers, they found.

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is complaining worth the risk?

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How to follow up a resume submission

By Lisa Vaas

How soon is too soon to send an e-mail or make a phone call after a resume submission? When does persistence become an annoyance?

You filled out the online application form. You pressed Submit or Send or Upload. Maybe you got a confirming e-mail, maybe not. Now comes the winter of your discontent as the clock ticks, hours turn to days or weeks, and your thumbs grow weary from twiddling.

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6 victim mentalities to fight during your job search

By Sarah Landrum May 16, 2018

Everyone looks at the world through different filters based on their upbringing, environment, experience, and attitude. The victim mentality is one of those unfortunate lenses that even experienced professionals sometimes play into when searching for a job.

When you’re on a job hunt, don’t chase your tail by giving in to victim mentalities. Outside circumstances work against you. Layoffs happen. You mess up on the job. You need to gain more skills. No positions are open. It’s typically a mixed bag of happenings that land you where you are now, and it doesn’t mean that you’re not good enough or that there are no opportunities to be had.

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8 Steps to Surviving Workplace Bullying and Salvaging Your Reputation

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Your Career Depends On Split-Second Decisions People Make About Your Appearance

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Invest the time to stand out early on and success will follow.

You gotta love any conference speaker who begins her mid-afternoon session with a challenge to uncover your own unconscious workplace biases. That’s how Kange Kaneene, Director of Business Development at SAP, kicked off her fascinating breakout at the recent  SAP Ariba event. The wordy title, “Business with Purpose: Small Changes, Big Impact — How to Commit to Action,” belied the workshop’s no-nonsense call to action, which was among the highlights of the event’s Diversity and Leadership Forum.

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Study: The top 5 cities attracting the most out-of-area workers

Jane Burnett
By Jane BurnettMay 18, 2018

Turns out that people have a habit of moving to certain cities for work. In fact, recent researchfrom Glassdoor shows that San Francisco is the city in their analysis with the most workers seeking new employment from elsewhere.

Glassdoor analyzed more than 668,000 online job applications over the course of a week in January that people started on the platform. The applications were for the 40 largest U.S. metro areas, which Glassdoor defines as a “large city with at least 10,000 in population, plus all nearby areas that are socially and economically linked, as defined by commute-to-work patterns.”

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Recruiters Will Ignore Your LinkedIn Profile If It’s Missing These 2 Things

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A Top recruiter explains why you’re hearing crickets after a job interview

By Paul McDonaldMarch 27, 2018
You nailed the interviews, submitted great references, and were told the hiring committee would make a decision soon. As days—and maybe weeks—drag on without any word, it’s common to ask yourself questions such as:
  • Why haven’t I heard back yet?
  • What’s holding up the decision?
  • Did I say or do something that’s causing them to rethink my fit for the job?
  • Was someone else hired?
  • Will the company follow up with me at all, or have I been ghosted?

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how to impress hiring managers during a phone interview


Companies are increasingly using phone interviews at the early stages of screening candidates, before inviting them on-site for in-person interviews. This is a way to efficiently screen through large candidate pools, as the average job has over 250 applicants. Moreover, the phone screen is typically conducted by recruiters, many of whom may be remote so the phone-screen is a good medium to tap into remote talent and reduce the recruiting overhead for the hiring manager.

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how to follow up on a job application in 6 easy steps [examples]

Luckily, there are some proven ways of following up on a job application. Play it right and you’ll dramatically boost your chances of getting hired.

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I job hunted like a man. Here’s what happened.

Jody allard/May 2, 2018

Two months ago, I found myself back in the market for a new job. My “dream job” turned out to be more of a nightmare, and I needed to find a new job — fast.

One night, in the middle of a late-night marathon job-applying session, I remembered a statistic from a Hewlett Packard report I’d once read: Men apply for jobs when they meet 60 percent of the qualifications. Women tend to only apply for jobs if they meet 100 percent of the qualifications.

I was no exception. Despite my eagerness to find a new position, I found myself applying only to jobs I was extremely qualified for (and in some cases, overqualified).

I decided to find out what would happen if I job hunted like a man.

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Why you should put Employees, Not customers, First!

By Brigette hyacinth May 1, 2018

Employees are your most valuable resource. Yet many companies ignore and treat their employees poorly. Our system has fallen into a self-reinforcing command loop construct as follows: Increase shareholder value at all costs without regard for the human factor. Sadly, if you do not cure cancer in the root of the tree, not only with the branches and leaves die; but so will the tree. Unhappy employees cost companies billions of dollars each year in lost revenues, settlements and other damages. The loss of revenue can send even established companies into financial distress, with some even filing for bankruptcy.

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Being your own boss: How to overcome the financial instability of freelancing

While there are many benefits to being your own boss, including the flexibility of how and when you work, this freedom doesn’t come without a price: missing out on employer benefits and having to deal with an unpredictable income.

If you’re not carefully tracking the flow of your money, you could be on a swift road back to the 9–5 grind. Ensure your finances are as first-rate as your work with the help of these top freelancer finance tips.

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8 Successful Mental Habits to Defeat Fear, Worry, and Anxiety

Marcel Schwantes/Apr 3, 2018

How intense is work right now? These simple and useful techniques may help lessen your anxiety.

Are you under intense pressure at work? Perhaps you’re a  busy entrepreneur and founder of a startup racking up sixty hours per week to keep your business afloat. Or the  CEO of a company that just got handed three months to turn the ship around.

Whatever high-impactrole you’re in (it could also mean you’re the receptionist managing an insane amount of calls per day as the gatekeeper of a growing company), things like anxiety, burnout, constant worry and even depression may be par for the course.

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What words should you never say when being interviewed for a job?

By Madeline MannApr 6, 2018

Here are a few that are considered “red flag words” by interviewers. Avoid these because these words don’t do you any favors. I’ve listed alternatives to use instead!

Perfectionist — another word for “procrastinator”

These people often put off work because they are daunted by the expectations. They begin to write a report and can’t get past the first sentence because they are paralyzed by the belief that their first draft has to be flawless. Psychiatrist Dr. Elana Miller, MD, says that perfectionists are often sensitive to criticism and need clearer guidelines so that they don’t waste time on things that are not important.

What the candidate should say instead: detail oriented

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How Setting Up a Job Agent Can Help Your Job Search

When job searching online, consider using a job agent (also known as a job search agent or a job alert) to help you find the best job listings for you.

A job search agent is a useful tool that many job search engines and job boards have. The job agent is a system that notifies you when there are new job openings on the website that fit what you are looking for.

What Is a Job Agent?

A job agent is a system that notifies you when there are new job openings related to your interests.

It often notifies you with an email digest that includes a list of new job openings. Many different job search engines and job boards have these agents.

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7 Secrets of applicant tracking systems every candidate should ‘decode’


Nowadays, one key feature that most job applicants overlook while applying for a particular job is the presence of an Applicant Tracking System(ATS).

This particular software acts as the gatekeeper to an organization’s recruiting process and is mainly utilized for selection of a resume, based on specific previously determined criteria.


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5 Reasons why jobseekers need crm

BY K.D. Holderman

What is CRM? 

C-R-M stands for Customer Relationship Management.  At its simplest definition, a CRM system allows businesses to manage business relationships and the data and information associated with them.

With CRM, you can store customer and prospect contact information, accounts, leads, and sales opportunities in one central location, ideally in the cloud, so the information is accessible, in real time.

Just like ubiquitous social networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter,  a CRM system is similarly built around people and relationships. And that’s exactly why it can be so valuable for Salespeople.

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How women can develop and promote their personal brand

We all know developing a personal brand is valuable since a strong reputation can put you on the radar for exciting career opportunities. When your true talents are understood, it’s far more likely you’ll be tapped for relevant and interesting assignments — and it helps you stand out in a field of competitors.  Research by Sylvia Ann Hewlett at the Center for Talent Innovation shows that cultivating your personal brand is one of the best ways to attract a sponsor — and professionals with sponsors are 23% more likely than their peers to be promoted. Your brand is also a powerful hedge against professional misfortune. If there are layoffs or cutbacks at your company, being recognized in your field makes it far more likely that you’ll be snapped up quickly by another firm.

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Have you heard? Changing careers is totally in. Gone are the days of holding one job in a professional lifetime. Unlike your parents who may have worked at one company for decades, you’re less likely to stick to the same job—or even the same career or industry—for the long haul. And the good news is, you don’t have to.

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the h-1b visa resistance movement is underway

Even before President Trump officially took office last year,  the prospect of H-1B reform was real. Now it seems that the Trump administration is pushing through some reforms, which is sparking some pushback.

Reform hasn’t happened as some expected. There was no sweeping change at the behest of the White House, and no party-line maneuvering (at least, not yet). Instead, the White House is trying to prevent spouses of H-1B visa holders from obtaining H-4 visas, which would allow them to work while they’re in the United States. 

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Thinking up questions to ask during job interviews is key.

Remember, every interview is a two-way street. You should be interviewing the employer just as much as they’re interviewing you. You both need to walk away convinced that the job would be a great fit.

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How Companies Can Overcome The Gig Economy’s Compliance Hurdles

By Joe Mullich

Contingent workers, freelancers, moonlighters, temps, third-party consultants, human cloud workers — whatever you call its participants, the “gig economy” is thriving. Some 83 percent of executives in a  recent survey said they plan to increase their use of contingent, intermittent or consultant employees in the next three years.

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Debunking 10 common college myths

Jill Harness is a freelance writer, amateur chef, and a sucker for animals. Full Bio

As college educations become more expensive and the increasing number of college graduates make possessing a degree less special, many potential students have begun to wonder whether the experience is actually worth it at all. With so many college myths out there, it’s important to sort out the fact from fiction when deciding whether or not a college degree is worth the investment of time and money it takes to earn. This infographicmanages to debunk 10 of the most prevalent college myths.

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21 things recruiters absolutely hate about your resume



Every recruiter has their own list of things they don’t like to see on resumes, and you never know who’s going to see yours. That’s why it’s important to avoid all the most common resume mistakes.

I spoke with some of the top recruiters here at HubSpot to find out the top 21 things recruiters and hiring managers don’t want to see on your resume. Needless to say, you may want to bookmark this one …

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Why Employers Favor Men

source: Harvard Business School
by Dina Gerdeman
September 11, 2017

Why are women discriminated against in hiring decisions? Research by Katherine Coffman, Christine Exley, and Muriel Niederle finds the answer is more subtle than expected.

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Age Discrimination: older applicants vs. “young pretty people”


March 5, 2018

“The client specifically asked for ‘young pretty people,’” Tejal Wagadia, a technical recruiter based in Phoenix, Arizona, told Jobscan. “They said, ‘I don’t care how many years of experience they have, I need young pretty people.’“

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3 Signs You’re Overthinking a Decision (and Missing Out on an Awesome Opportunity)

by Christie Mims

You spend the last few months of 2017 saying, “Next year will be different.” And now it’s next year and you can’t really say that anything’s changed. You know what you want—it’s just that the closer you get to going after it, the more unsure you are.

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How to persuade a robot that you should get the job

source: The Guardian

Do mere human beings stand a chance against software that claims to reveal what a real-life face-to-face chat can’t?

According to Nathan Mondragon, finding the right employee is all about looking at the little things. Tens of thousands of little things, as it turns out.

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Why employers check credit – and what they see

  NERDWALLET | November 2, 2017

Potential employers don’t see an applicant’s credit score, but they get a modified credit report showing debt and payment history.

Employers sometimes check credit to get insight into a potential hire, including signs of financial distress that might indicate risk of theft or fraud. They don’t get your credit score but instead see a modified version of your credit report.

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8 things you need to know about applicant tracking systems

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How much do you know about applicant tracking systems?

You may have heard that the first step to getting a job interview is making it past the stage where a recruiter glances at your resume and makes a split-second decision about whether to chuck your resume into the discard pile. 

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Instead Of Work-Life Balance, Try Focusing On Boundaries

People talk about work-life balance as if achieving it is the precious key to happiness. Tips and tricks abound. But there are two big problems with this supposed golden ticket. First, the very phrase suggests that work isn’t part of your life, it’s separate. 

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Why More Americans Want To Ditch Their Jobs And Go Freelance

A growing army of Americans want to trade their traditional jobs for self-employment, according to new research.

Twenty-seven million people could be poised to leave traditional work for full-time self-employment according to the FreshBooks  Self-Employment Report. That would triple the number of self-employed professionals, by the estimate of FreshBooks, a provider of cloud-based accounting software.

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Survey of more than 300 hiring managers reveals 10 resume deal breakers to avoid



Your resume serves as your first chance to convince a hiring manager that you’re qualified for a position.

To help job seekers make the best first impression, TopResumeconducted a  recent survey of 379 recruiters, hiring managers and human resource executives to get insight into the biggest resume deal breakers candidates should avoid.

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