Applicant tracking systems are used by employers to manage job openings. However, according to CIO magazine, these systems discard approximately 75% of submitted resumes for a variety of (what would seem to be) inconsequential reasons. For example, if you incorporate the “wrong word or phrase” or format incorrectly, your resume may not be selected for review.
The key to getting your resume passed on to an actual recruiter is to educate yourself on the way that applicant tracking systems work. You may be a perfect match for a job, but if you do not understand how these systems work, your resume stands a good chance of being passed over. The best offense is knowledge.
As a job seeker you can increase your resume’s chance of getting through an applicant tracking system by following these 5 simple steps:
Most experts agree that applicant tracking systems are flawed, but approximately 50-75% of employers do rely on them to screen resumes. They save time by performing the initial screening of submitted resumes. So even if some perfectly qualified candidates are thrown out, these systems give recruiters and hiring managers a better, more manageable starting point.
However, you need to walk a fine line. The applicant tracking system will categorize the resumes for consideration, so you need to format your resume correctly. Remember, though, if your resume is passed on for review, a human will actually read it. Therefore, you need to create a resume that both passes the muster with the system, but does not offend (and in any way turn off) the actual recruiter.
By Christiane Soto, Snelling.com
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