What Exactly Happens After I Apply?

When clicking “submit” on an electronic application do you know what really happens? Have you considered the many audiences to which your application materials must appeal?

As Derek Attig shares, “If it’s all keywords and no story, they won’t find the depth and richness they need to get excited about what you can offer.”

It is truly a skill to effectively write application materials that clear an employer’s applicant tracking system while also sparking interview interest from a range of human readers.

Read more in the Carpe Careers column at “Inside Higher Ed” to gain insights and strategies for optimizing your application materials for human beings and electronic scanning technology.   

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By Kay Kimball Gruder
Kay Kimball Gruder Assistant Director, Graduate Student & Postdoc Career Programs and Services | Pronouns: she/her/hers