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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Part 1 - How to search and apply for a job online

Let's say you are an Accountant living in San Francisco. You have 2 years of experience and a Bachelor's Degree. You want to stay within the city and enjoy working in the start up atmosphere.

First, go online to Indeed.com or SimplyHired.com (the sites aggregate all the job boards to one site). Select the Advanced Search feature. In the title section write Accountant. Change the search parameters to match your geographic boundaries, select whether you want to see staffing company jobs and click Find Jobs. Scroll through the listed positions and select the ones that you feel are a good fit.

You search the web site and feel you are best suited for an Accountant position at a start up company in San Francisco called Zynga. The positions listed on the Job Aggregator Sites are sometimes republished and aren't as heavily monitored, so to double check make sure you go to the company's website and see if the position is listed (
http://www.zynga.com/). Go to the careers / jobs section of the site (http://www.zynga.com/jobs/) and view the open positions. The Accounting job is still active on the website.

Now it's time to optimize your resume based on the the job description (below). Adding keywords gives your resume higher ranking on company's Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). Companies use an ATS to keep track of submitted resumes and rank each applicant. Most ATSs have a ranking based on keywords. Before you submit a resume to an online job post you need to cater your resume to the specific job. Some ATSs use a weighted keyword system. For example, the job title of an applicant may carry more weight on the ranking than the other information or a specific requirement may be a "must have" for the job and the ATS only ranks those who have that specific skill and dumps the rest.

Read the job description below:
In the responsibilities and skills a few key words stand out. First, make sure you have in your previous position the job title of Accountant. Also if there is an objective part of your resume make sure you add that you are seeking an Accountant position in a start-up environment. The job you are applying to says you will be responsible for monthly reconciliations of bank accounts, accruals, and prepaid items. If you have performed these duties in the past make sure you write in the body of your resume that you have performed monthly reconciliations of bank accounts, accruals, and prepaid items. Also add as many of the key terms in the job description which you have performed on to your resume. Sounds like a no-brainer but add as many keywords to your resume in order to optimize your resume and have it rank higher on the company ATS. Do this for every job you apply to online.

Now that your resume is optimized for this job you can apply directly to the job via the Zynga website. It's also a good idea to keep track of the job to which you applied and the day/time you sent your resume.

Job Description from the Zynga website:

Accountant

Are you someone who dreams in numbers and would love to join a fast paced, high energy accounting team?

We are looking for an Accountant who isn't afraid to roll up their sleeves. This person will be a valuable member of the accounting team, assist facilitating projects for the Finance team as well as perform data entry tasks.

Responsibilities:

Perform general ledger and month-end closing activities including journal entries, adjustments, accruals and account reconciliations Organize and maintain accounting records Monthly reconciliations of bank accounts, accruals, and prepaid items Assist in fixed asset tracking projects Provide support for financial statement audits and tax return preparation Assist in other accounting and finance special projects as needed Ensure compliance with all applicable finance policies, rules, regulation and laws Participate in technology changes and upgrades Gain experience in a wide breadth of accounting and finance areas

Required Skills:

Bachelors in Accounting required 1-2 years of professional working experience On track for a CPA Must be a fast learner, reliable, with a professional attitude Exceptional organization and time management skills Strong research and technical skills, experience working with systems and data Ability to initiate communication, effectively follow through and provide status updates Proven track record of work efficiency Intermediate+ level experience with Microsoft Excel and Word Ability to work productively in a dynamic environment and be a solutions-oriented team player

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