Applitrack also has a 'first' question about position interested in.
I made this mistake and thought the 'position applying for' and
'future position openings' were the same. The first one will route
applications right to a 'folder' created in the account by whomever
sets up the notice, they also can assign others in the account to
access that particular folder. The second one didn't route the
application as actually applying but rather was entry into the
pool/cold application category.
Agree with customizing not only the cover letter but the resume as
well in some cases. This is where the research on the position can
allow you to move up/down, reword or craft the resume to the needs
of the position.
Some applitrack accounts used in the past a pre-survey of questions.
These were to provide a 'teacher centered'/'student centered'
metric. If you didn't answer a series of questions about teaching
style, situations and etc. then that district doesn't use it. We
used that information to filter applications.
The program has also undergone some 'viewing' changes this year, at
least ours has, in that clicking on an applicant opens a quick view
of the resume and links to other docs and full application. What
the district sees for applicant information first is a list sorted
by whatever (date of application, has cert, and possibly those
metrics mentioned above). Each applicant for the position or in the
pool category then has a short list of indicators taken right from
the application: job interests/experience and years in that area.
In positions with many people applying there is really no way to say
how to get a look. In some cases the experience shown in the quick
view may be part of the choice process as well. Not saying less or
more experience leans either way, that is dist. by dist.
In some ways handling paper was a better chance of a look. Actually
had to open an envelope and out of curiosity and because it was
right there a quick scan. With applitrack and other such programs
it is a trade off with time and sorting.
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