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If you want a shot at your dream job, your resume must be ATS friendly. Here’s what that means, along with templates on how to build one.


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The Application Tracking System (ATS) might be holding you back from landing your dream job.

We’ve all been there before. You apply to a job you know you’re perfect for, and you never hear back from the company. It might be because no one actually saw your resume because of the ATS. 

The applicant tracking system (ATS) is a software utilized by companies to streamline the interviewing and hiring process. If you’ve applied for a job online, you most likely have encountered an ATS.

The software is used by companies to collect, filter, and often rank resumes by scanning them for keywords, phrases, or specific criteria, i.e., number of years of experience. The resumes that are deemed qualified by the ATS are ranked or approved and then reviewed by HR or the hiring manager.

The challenge is that most ATS are not intuitive enough to read many resume formats, and as a result, many qualified applicants’ resumes are never reviewed by a human.

As an executive recruiter and career coach, I review hundreds of resumes a week and here are my tips to ensure you have an ATS-friendly resume. 

Each ATS has its unique features, and each company utilizes those features differently, but here are some helpful tips for developing and ensuring you have an ATS-friendly resume. 

Read more: The smartest candidates always use these 5 resources when prepping for interviews, according to an executive recruiter who’s interviewed thousands of applicants.

No images or pictures

The ATS cannot read or scan images and pictures, so the information in them is lost. Many ATS will scan and parse out the sections of your resume and create a separate ATS profile, and images and pictures can distort the information parsed by the ATS for the profile. 

No text boxes

Text boxes can be great for formatting and making your resume look sleek and modern, but they are often unreadable by the ATS, and the information in the text box can be lost in the scanning and parsing process. Text boxes also include headers and footers. Many of my clients are surprised to hear this one, but it can impact your resume in the ATS. 

Don’t use tables or columns

Columns and tables are known to cause problems in parsing and the creation of your ATS profile. Many applications use columns to display the “Skills Section,” which can be an essential keyword matching section on your resume. The challenge is that some, if not all, of the columns’ content, can be lost. I understand that some of the more modern AT S’s are getting better at parsing columns, but there is too much risk, as you don’t often know which companies are using which ATS. 

Develop a chronological resume format

A chronological resume is more straightforward for the ATS to scan and parse accurately. Avoid using a functional resume as the ATS might not understand how to parse out your experience into their predetermined chronological profile. A chronological resume will also be helpful if your resume does reach a human, as most recruiters I speak …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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