At the end of April, a large technology company headquartered in Seattle posted a new job for a developer position. The following numbers correspond to that posted job:

3: Number of hours the opening was posted

1,573: Number of applications received

900: Number of applications deemed unqualified by the applicant tracking system (ATS) “robot”

1: Recruiter assigned to fill this position

1: Hiring manager who will choose the finalists

In today’s COVID-19 job market, the word “competition” is an understatement. This era is the Olympics of your career — and you need to train for it. And it’s not a blip in time. I believe it is here to stay. For a summary of the employment outlook, here is a recent report.

The choice to accelerate your job search is yours, and you do have options. Which option fits your persona?


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