Bruce Blackburn
over 6 months ago

Still pissed

I'm 56 with a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership. I was recently passed over for a supervisor position at my current place of employment of over 2 yrs. I had 4 interviews. 1 with HR; 2 with my manager and 1 with the RVP. The RVP decided I didn't have enough experience and wanted some who was relocatable. In other words, someone younger and single. Smells like ageism and dare I say racism. There is no diversity in our local office in the management ranks. All white males. Total of 7 since I've been there. The last one was hired from the outside instead of promoting from within. So disappointed and still there. No luck finding another suitable job. Received too many dear john letters/email/ phone calls which start off "we regret to inform you......blah, blah, blah. Which is a whole other post for another time.

Pissed in Pittsburgh

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Matt Bornhorst

I understand why you're pissed Bruce Blackburn - I would be too. A lot of the best companies recruit from both outside and within - the people who are already there are generally your best bet if they have the skills and willingness to learn. It sucks that they passed you over.

I think you're right in looking for a new place to work. It's gonna suck to be at your current gig and be looking for a bit, but at the end of the day that's the best way for you to get something in management or a step up. If you have found that you are not hearing back from jobs or landing interviews the problem could be that your resume is missing some important information!

If a company uses what’s called an [applicant tracking system] ( your resume could be slipping through the cracks.

The ATS is a program that companies use to sort through 1,000’s of resumes to find the best possible ones. If it doesn’t recognize what it needs, your resume will be cast aside and likely NEVER be seen by an actual person at that company.

To avoid being passed over, utilize keywords! These are the words that relate to the skills, abilities, credentials, and qualities that a hiring manager looks for in a candidate. When recruiters search for keywords in the ATS, they are looking to match certain concrete skills in your resume to their current needs. Come check out to see how yours match up and a list of keywords [here] ( )!

Say for example you are applying for a job as the manager of a hotel restaurant. A recruiter may search for phrases such as “restaurant manager,” “hotel restaurant,” or even for the word “hospitality.” Recruiters will not likely look for words and phrases such as “outgoing," "hard worker,” "team player," etc.

It’s very important to remember that keywords highlight your skills and NOT your traits. Be sure to take some time to make an updated list of your keywords and add them to the work experience section of your resume!

For more tips, please make sure to watch [this short clip] ( as Lenin Pina teaches you how to beat the ATS and turn your resume into an interview!

Remember to keep searching for jobs [here] ( and stay positive, you can do this!

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