Universities should provide their students access to a Canadian Applicant Tracking System
Most people graduate from college without a clue what applying for a job is like. They lack understanding of the application processes, what a resume should contain and look like, and the basic components that employers look out for. More importantly, a lot of them have no idea that there are robots in the job market. They have no clue what Applicant Tracking Systems are and what they are meant to do. So they come out of school bursting with excitement and amazing grades, only to realize that it takes more than grades and passion to land a job, even in Canada.
Before the Coronavirus pandemic, Canada’s unemployment rate was hovering between 5 and 6 percent. What this means is that there is a large number of people, some qualified, who are searching for jobs in Canada. On the other hand, there were more than 500,000 unfilled positions in Canada in the first quarter of 2019, according to CIC News. This means the jobs are available, but the people to fill them are either not qualified or not doing the right thing.
Furthermore, Canada’s solid economy and great labour laws and packages make her a great choice for immigrants. There are hundreds of thousands of job applications to Canada annually. So the competition is very high. To stay ahead, Canadian universities should begin to prepare students for the labour market. This should include exposing them to Canadian Applicant Tracking Systems. Doing this will help in the following ways;
- Canadian students will know what a Canadian Applicant Tracking System (CATS) is and how it works.
- The students will also know how to Optimize their resume using a CATS.
- Students will have a better idea how to properly structure their resume to beat the bots.
- Knowledge of CATS will help them avoid the headache of countless applications without a response.