Did you know that applying for a job on a Saturday decreases your chances of landing an interview? Or that including an objective on your résumé results in 20 percent to 60 percent fewer interviews, unless you happen to be a new grad? (And by the way, if you are a new grad, here are some handy tips for writing that great first résumé, including the best ways to emphasize your projects.)

“Candidates should focus on making it past the top part of the recruiting funnel,” said Matt Singer, VP of Marketing for Jobvite, “because our data shows that those who interview stand a good chance of receiving an offer.”In other words, you may not need additional skills to increase your chances of getting hired, if you use data to apply more efficiently and move beyond that initial screening stage. So update your résumé (making sure it doesn’t feature any hidden surprises) and get ready to optimize your application process.

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