Time and time again, thousands of qualified applicants apply for jobs, but don’t hear anything back. No interview, no response, nothing. In most of these cases, the job seeker in question has the schooling, knowledge, and skill for a job that they are applying to. So, what is the issue? Many companies today have what are called applicant tracking systems, or ATS for short. These systems sift through thousands upon thousands of resumes from applicants. To find the best applicants, the software looks for certain keywords. These keywords could include specific skills such as “Microsoft word” or “CSS Programming” in a given resume. So, you may be wondering, how can I get past these systems? The answer is having your resume ATS friendly. Like I said at the outset, you may be a qualified candidate for a job you are applying to, but if your resume is not put together in a way that it will actually get past the ATS system, you may not get interviewed! Below I have listed some important tips on how to get your resume fitted for the online applicant sifter. I have also included a link to a tool that I have found incredibly helpful in finding what keywords are missing in my resume!
– Include keywords that are directly related to the job you are applying to
– Include, if possible, keywords that are listed in the job description
– Avoid fancy-looking resume templates online, as these are often not ATS-friendly
This tool analyzes your resume and compares it to the job that you are applying for! It will find what keywords you are missing that are negatively affecting your resume. Hope it helps!