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Understanding Job Application Systems – It’s not Just Tailoring Your Resume

Lots of sites will tell you about making your resume fit in online Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). We collaborated with experts to help us all understand the Black Box of online job applications. And we developed Tips and Guidance to bring you the best practices for using an ATS to apply for a job.

This is all in our latest Boost Your Career webinar, Job Application Systems: What Helps and What Doesn't


We had help in this webinar from Julie Bechtold and Amanda Muñoz in Career Development at Waubonsee Community College (Illinois) who let us use “Getting Past Applicant Tracking Systems” (, part of their “5 Steps to Resume Success.”

This webinar complements information in the Boost Your Career webinar: Cover Letters and Resumes: What to Include and Where


 And the full Boost Your Career webinar list so far….

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2018 Boost Your Career Webinars

Effective Networking
-How do I network effectively?
-How do I build a professional network?
-How do I maintain and continue with my network contacts?
No Reply (Is Anyone Out There?)
-Why don’t I get responses to job applications or networking/outreach?
-What you can and can’t do (control)
  o   Causes
  o   Solutions
Why Do I Need a Resume and a CV?
-What’s the difference between a Résumé (or Resume) and a CV?
-Why do I need both?
-What version of my resume do I need to keep?
Yes, You Do Have Experience…Here's How to Show It (Part 1)
-How can I demonstrate my value if I don’t have XX years of experience?
-What if…
   o …I don’t really have any/much experience for getting a job/the job I want?
   o …I haven’t worked much? (I went straight from high school to undergrad to graduate school)
   o    …I want to make a job change and only have limited experience?
I Really DO Have Experience (Part 2)
-What if…
   o …I don’t really have any/much experience for getting a job/the job I want?
   o …I haven’t worked much? (I went straight from high school to undergrad to graduate school)
I Have a Job Offer. Now What?
-What constitutes a job offer?
What can I negotiate if the job offer isn’t what I expected?
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2019 Boost Your Career Webinars
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What to Do if I’m Not Working: Part 1-Before and During the Gap
-Planned and unplanned gaps
-What Can You Do Before and During the Gap

What to Do if I’m Not Working: Part 2-Re-entry or Continued Gap
-Get Out and About and Be Seen
-Gap Reasons: Tips and Scripts
Job Transitions: Voluntary or Not
-Changing jobs or getting a new job (finally)
- Who to let know and when/how
Showing and Rating Your Skills
-What are skills?
-How to demonstrate your value
Cover Letters and Resumes: What to Include and Where
-Content for resume vs cover letter
-How to adapt without repetitive content
Job Application Systems: What Helps and What Doesn't
-Understanding the Black Box of online applying
-Tips and Guidance


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