Title:Tips for Getting Your Resume Past an ATS System
Author:Barbara Adams, CPRW, CEIP, MFRW, MMRW, MFCA-T
Getting to a human in the face of heartless robot or Automatic Tracking Systems (ATS) resume readers, the natural human inclination is to short circuit the system. Unfortunately this is easier said than done. It's an obvious conclusion that there are flaws in the ATS process, but more difficult to determine which exact flaws you may be dealing with when you click the "Apply" button. There are multiple generations and versions of ATS in use, each with their own idiosyncrasies. What is acceptable to one ATS may cause the next robot reader to crash and burn. That said, there are several strategies that are generally considered to reduce the chances that your resume will disintegrate into digital limbo:
— Use clear, descriptive headings — Education, Work Experience, Skills
— Avoid complex formatting — no boxes, shading, tables, or graphics. Stick to standard fonts.
— List dates last — Employer Name, Job Title, then the dates.
— Use simple file formats — .rtf or .doc are usually acceptable. PDF files can crash some systems.
A word about keywords. Packing a resume with keywords or hiding them in white text may sound like obvious hacks, but remember that a human decision-maker will see the resume if it passes ATS muster. You can't write for the robots. The challenge is to produce a document that can be analyzed by the ATS without being sucked into the black hole and emerges reasonably intact from the process. This means that your document must be both machine and human readable. It should be keyword rich and in a format that is less likely to be scrambled or misread by the automated tracking system, but also coherent and organized to allow an HR professional to quickly understand how your skills, experience and accomplishments fit the position for which you are applying. No problem, right? - See more at: careerproplus.com/blog/robots-are-reading-your-resume