Online Resume Submissions: 5 More Ways To Make It Through The System.
Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are not new and most job hunters are well aware of them. A company uses an ATS system to track all the resumes it receives. This computer software reads each resume and weeds out the ones that don’t match up with specific job openings. According to Preptel, a job search services firm, an ATS can have a rejection rate of 75%. This rejection rate can be due to things like not having at least once inch margins or not having relevant keywords. However, Preptel also suggests:
1. Using ‘Work Experience’ vs. ‘Accomplishments’ etc. Using less common headings could mean that particular section of your resume doesn’t appear at all in the system’s formatted version.
2. Always put the employer name first, and then the dates. An ATS will look for company names.
3. Don’t include tables or graphs, and stick to a clear, easy-to-read typeface. Preptel recommends Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Georgia, Impact, Courier, Lucinda or Palatino.
4. Never send a PDF. Many company systems lack a standard way to structure them and they are often garbled. This also happens with resumes pasted into the body of an email. Preptel recommends uploading your resumes as a Word attachment. Check and follow any guidelines provided on the company’s site.
5. Don’t be afraid of submitting a three-page resume. ATS software will scan it regardless of the length.