How to outsmart resume-reading robots

Avoid common missteps to ensure your resume isn’t overlooked by ATS software

If you're applying to a midsize-or-larger corporation, there's a good chance your resume is being scanned by HAL 9000.

Well, maybe not HAL himself, but applicant tracking system (ATS) software, which makes the process of getting by the gatekeeper even harder than normal.

The reason? ATS software filters resumes based on keywords, dates, titles and other data.

Three key ATS takeaways:

  • 95% of large organizations use ATS, including almost all Fortune 500 companies
  • 50% of midsize companies use ATS
  • ATS systems filter out approximately 75% of candidates

From an applicant's perspective, the worry surrounding ATS software is that a qualified candidate could be accidentally disregarded due to an oversight in layout or design. Therefore, it's time to make an ATS-friendly version of your resume.

Here are some important Don'ts:

  • Don't use fancy formatting or weird fonts
  • Don't use abbreviations (use "Manager" instead of "Mgr")
  • Don't use tables, graphics, logos, headers or footers
  • Don't submit a PDF

Click below for a fantastic infographic that outlines several Dos, most of which are easy, painless and will improve your chances of getting your resume sent on to an actual human.

via Undercover Recruiter

This story, "How to outsmart resume-reading robots" was originally published by ITworld.

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