Having a fantastic resume with no spending is achievable once you know the right steps to follow. Knowing your first recruitment obstacle isn’t the recruiter or the job demands, but scoring well on the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is one step to success.
What is Applicant Tracking System?
The Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is a software used by over 40% of companies for their recruitment and hiring needs. It filters resume’s from numerous candidates before an individual looks at it. The intention is to save recruiters time by separating strong candidates from the weak.
The ATS also helps recruiters in:
- Posting to a wide-range of job boards with a single submission
- Generating interview requests to potential candidates via email and text messages
- Performing analysis to measure the success of recruiting and hiring strategies
The average time spent looking at a resume is 5–7 seconds, hence making a grandstanding impression is pertinent
How do you ensure your resume is optimized for the ATS before the evaluation?
Ensure your top skills and accomplishments are identifiable:
Some ATS systems will automatically compare your CV/resume with the job description, an example of such a system is Taleo recruiting software, which issues a ReqRank to a specific resume after matching with the job description, the better the match, the greater the chances of it getting to the recruiter.
Specific keywords and skills:
For example, if a recruiter is hiring for a Personal Assistant position, the first step will be to search for the keyword “Personal Assistant” amongst the diverse applications, a resume that doesn’t comprise that title will fail this hurdle, while candidates with the keyword will show up in the search.
Recruiters adapt the Applicant Tracking Systems to scan resumes based on Keywords, i.e. filtering by probing for unique skills and related titles.
Avoid over-designing/editing of your resumes, concentrate on your strengths, and save in the appropriate formats, preferably in (Docx or PDF) this ensures your resume can be read by old ATS software’s and your information isn’t distorted.
How can your resume overcome the ATS obstacle?
- Focus on your achievements and the most impactful information on your resume in the work experience section.
- Save in recommended formats – Docx or PDF
- Avoid using acronyms and use as many relevant keywords as possible
- Use standard resume headings like certifications held or languages known
- Add relevant keywords based on the job description – this will increase searchability
- Avoid burying contact information in the header
- Avoid fancy graphics and charts
- Stick to simple bullet points
- Use a clean resume design with a clear hierarchy
- Take considerable care in modifying your resume for each role you apply to
Drawbacks of ATS
Although ATS systems have proven to save time for recruiters, it comes with drawbacks that recruiters should consider. Whilst the systems are designed to search for similar keywords and types of backgrounds for advertised positions, good candidates who are switching professions might slip unnoticed through the system’s cracks.
Hence, it is important for candidates to study the job descriptions thoroughly to identify the right keywords and modify their resumes before applying.
How to run an ATS compliance test on your resume
One way to run an ATS-compliance test is to copy the content of your resume, paste it into a plain-text document, and review the results. If the new version is missing details from the original, headings looking disorganized or has characters saved incorrectly. It means your resume isn’t ATS compliant.
Apply these tips and your only concern would be to pass the interview, but don’t worry I will share tips on that soon.
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Till next time, cheers.