One of the factors in your job search is failure to beat the Applicant Tracking System (ATS).
By definition, an ATS is a “software application that enables the electronic handling of recruitment needs.” Although the definition is vague and simply sounds like a management system for applications, an ATS also has the ability to scan incoming resumes for keywords/phrases that are set by the employer. Many corporations utilize an ATS as a pre-determinant of whether or not you’re the right candidate for the position, based on what you’ve included in your resume.
Knowing how to beat the ATS is vital because even if you are the right person for the job, hiring managers won’t know that if your resume fails to beat the ATS. To make sure your resume is ready to triumph, make sure you apply these strategies:
The more organized your resume is in layout and format [stick to traditional resumes that embraces a standard layout, rather than creative resumes], the more success you have of beating the system.
Stay away from colors, graphics and funny fonts, or you may risk throwing off an ATS.
Use important keywords
Before applying to any job, you should fully understand what the employer is looking for. Once you’ve read over the job description and learned the skills needed, apply your understanding of the job position by including relevant keywords in your resume.
Include updated contact information
Make sure to include updated contact information, including an e-mail you access daily. It may come across as common sense at first, but when you apply the tip to an ATS, the importance of including all the right contact information is high.
In the end of the day, make sure your information is correct inserted and formatted.
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