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How The ATS Checker Is Helping Your CV Improve

An Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is a software that HR uses to streamline the hiring process.

There are many benefits to using this tool. It automates the selection process, cuts out time wasters, and selects the best candidates among other things. A good ATS can also do the following:

  • Put up job postings to multiple job boards
  • Collates all resumes and applications in one place
  • Schedule interviews for qualified applicants
  • Save template emails to applicants
  • Creates interview kits and scorecards
  • Provide analytics and reporting

It basically makes the lives of hiring managers much easier. This may seem like bad news to job hunters since it sounds like the whole hiring process is being handed towards a bot.

You do not necessarily have to know how to beat the ATS checker but you can make its features work to your advantage. 

Here are the ways that the ATS can actually improve your resume?

1. Adding in those keywords

All you need to know to get prequalified is right there in the job posting. Most ATS scans resumes for keywords.

If you just use the right keywords found in the job post, your resume will most likely make it to the next step. 

Look for the skills listed in the job posting and add it throughout your resume. Just avoid over-paraphrasing. If your resume matches too closely, the ATS will detects it and will flag you. Keep it unique and relevant.

2. Putting in only essential information

ATS does not like graphics; it can’t read it.

As an applicant, this helps you to avoid adding unnecessary elements to your resume.

This is not only good for ATS tools but for the human HR person as well. Less clutter means it’s easier to read.

3. Keeping it simple

ATS tools like resumes with a consistent format. Again, this saves you from the mistake most applicants make which is to use different formats for different headers.

The great thing about this technology is that it does not care so much whether your resume is too long (2 pages max) but it does care if your formatting is readable.

Opt for simple fonts like Arial, Times New Roman, or Verdana. 

4. Cuts through the nonsense

We live in a fast-paced age and no one has the time to read all three pages of your CV.

Let’s say you only really need one page to list out your skills and accomplishments but you made it two pages to exhaust all the important keywords and jargon.

This can backfire. Sure, the ATS may pass you but the hiring manager is not going to like it. 

5. Uploading compact files

ATS tools give you the option to copy paste a resume or upload it. The most preferable option, is of course uploading.

And the best format your resume should come in is in PDF.

It keeps the formatting clean no matter what computer HR office uses when opening the file. 

6. Avoiding unnecessary headings

Headings can be great or they can be downright cringy.

It takes a lot of creativity to come up with a good one but sadly, they don’t really add any value.

Skip this step because the ATS won’t read it anyway. If anything, it might hurt your chances because the tool could misread your heading and place it under the wrong category.

7. Educates you on industry jargon and company culture

If you don’t know anything about the company, now is the best time to learn about them.

It may actually help you as some hiring managers input company lingo and industry jargons in their system in an effort to weed out tire kickers. 

When inserting jargon and abbreviations, make sure you spell it out instead of just the acronym. ATS likes this and managers will appreciate the effort you put into learning about the company. 

Which of these strategies are already working for you? Share your thoughts in the comments below.