Applicant Tracking Systems – How to deal with them?

By | April 29, 2017

What is Applicant Tracking System?

Applicant Tracking System is a software that enables the recruiters to ease out with the resume reading process. The resume is fed into the ATS that then, checks/screens the resume for relevant keywords. Based on the keyword density of the resume that the software tells in numeric, the hiring manager decides whether to read the cv or not. The principal utility of an ATS is to save time for the hiring managers who would otherwise be having to read tons of resumes. Thus, with the help of ATS, recruiters are able to filter out the resumes that are no way relevant to the desired role.

Resume Optimization

Resume Optimization is the process which the job seekers undertake to make sure that they have written an ATS friendly resume. This process includes writing the relevant keywords in the resume and the necessary skill sets. It must be kept in mind that nothing irrelevant, even if important should never be written. Doing so increases your chances of being outnumbered by the Applicant Tracking System.

How to write a resume that is ATS friendly?

You can always research about the relevant keywords and jargon of the industry you are applying in. In some recruitment the ATS is programmed in a way that it also crawls upto your social media links or online portfolios that you have mentioned. So it always advisable to keep all your social media links mentioned in the CV properly up to date and professional. The Applicant Tracking System also rates your cv on the presentation, here we give you some points on how a resume presentation should be?

  • Choose the right font, that is neither too fancy nor too dull.
  • Pick the correct font size, neither too big nor too small.
  • Use single spacing between consecutive words and lines.
  • Use a half to an inch margin on all sides.
  • Write in bullet points where you need to give a list.

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