Here's everything you need to know to make an ATS-Friendly Resume!

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Posted Date: 31 Aug 2021
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According to one research, 70 percent of job applications are rejected right away before a human eye can see them. It is not a hidden truth anymore that your resume has to pass through a system which is known as the Applicant Tracking system before reaching the hands of a recruiter.

Below is everything you need to know about the applicant tracking system and how can you outsmart the Resume Scanner.

What is an Applicant Tracking System?

ATS is a database software for job applicants majorly used by HR managers and companies to search, organize, and communicate where a large group of applicants is applying.

The sheer goal of ATS is to make the life of recruiters and hiring managers a little easy. It is obviously not feasible for recruiters and hiring managers to read each application carefully. Modern Applicant Tracking Systems are automated which are actually saving time and avoids human error too.

This software was previously used by big established companies but because of the popularity of the software medium-sized companies have also started using these.

How does ATS actually work?

It ranks your resume based on the relevance to the job description. It takes the keyword inserted by you and then analyses the application so that non-relevant applications are rejected right away in seconds.

It includes the following aspects:

1) Automatic Ranking

This software can compare your resume to the job description and can also rank the applications based on their scores.

It gives the recruiter some air to breathe and focus on candidates who scored higher on testing rather than reviewing each and every application.

2) Keyword Searches

To filter out the resumes in the applicant tracking system, recruiters have to insert the keywords of what they are looking for, and ATS filters the relevant applicants in no time.

For Example, if a recruiter is hiring for an Administrative Assistant Position out of, let's say, 1000 resumes, the “Administrative Assistant” would be the first and main keyword relevant to the position and you'll be left with candidates who have done this job before.

A search can also contain multiple terms.

So, it is recommended for the candidates to be really specific about the content in their resume, and tailor their resume according to the job description that they are applying for.

What should you do to outsmart ATS?

Actually, there is no pre-defined formula or hack to beat the applicant tracking system. Getting through an ATS and landing a dream job interview requires a well-tailored resume that has been made specifically according to the job description.

Below, we are mentioning a few pieces of advice to get past ATS:

  • · Optimize your resume by inserting relevant keywords that match the job description.
  • · Use long-form as well as an acronym of the keywords (e.g. “Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)” or Search Engine Optimization (SEO)” so that no skill or keyword gets ignored.
  • · Use a traditional resume font like Helvetica, Garamond, or Georgia.
  • · Use Standard resume section headings like “Work Experience”.
  • · Don't try to over-optimize for ATS.


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