Thursday, February 22, 2018

ATS Tip - Reverse Chronological Resume

ATS systems tend to grab information in predictable locations of the resume. To maximize your chances that the resume will be imported into the ATS properly use a reverse chronological resume format. This is preferred by ATS systems and makes it easy for the recruiter to find your information.

Source: Career Directions International

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

ATS Tip - Fonts

Use common fonts, using black ink for the body of the resume – Times New Roman, Arial, Georgia, Impact, Courier, Lucinda, and Tahoma.  Avoid underlining words, which can distort the legibility of lower case letters.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

More on ATS -

More on ATS - Applicant Tracking System (ATS),is a software application widely used by medium and large employers, hiring portals and recruiting companies. There are 100+ versions out there ranging from cheap and clunky ‘do nothing’ software products.  According to studies, 75% of all resumes are rejected.  Root causes:  format (recommendation - stay away from graphically designed resumes as well as lack of proper use of key terms. I am posting about ATS for the rest of the month, sometimes 2x per day when time allows.  Please let back for more details.

Monday, February 19, 2018

ATS Tip - Customize the Resume

ATS Tip - Customize the Resume - Companies adjust the parameters of the ATS for each unique job posting, so you should do the same with your resume. Having a one-size-fits-all for your job search is a surefire way to decrease your chances of getting an interview. The use of resume parsing technologies has changed job search and it is your responsibility to position your resume to qualify for jobs where ATS systems are in place.  The technology has become prevalent in the market.  I teach of my clients how to use ATS in our wrap-up meeting and will continue to do so.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

ATS Format - Stay Away from Graphics!

ATS Format - Stay Away from Graphics!

As much as everyone loves graphs, elegant fonts, pictures and colors, most ATS systems use Optical Character Recognition (OCR), to parse resume data, and if you are using a fancy font or design on your resume, chances are the ATS will may not be able to read the key words / most important content.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

ATS Tip - Will post ATS daily for the rest of the month...Here is another - Headers

Use Standard Headings
If you use a non-standard heading, the applicant tracking system will have a difficult time recognizing this section.

For example, if you write "What I Have Done" instead of "Employment History," the applicant tracking system will not be able to recognize this section and the content and keywords within it will not count toward the overall analysis of your CV. This will increase the odds of the software flagging your CV, which usually results in it being rejected. 

To avoid this, stick to safe, commonly used headings. By doing so, the software will check the context for keywords that can potentially "add to your overall score" (how many matches you have/how compatible you are).

Thursday, February 15, 2018


Keep the Format Simple

Do not use graphically designed resumes when submitting to jobs where it is obvious that an ATS system will be used.  ATS require cold conformity and simplicity. TDo not use any logos, pictures, symbols, and shadings. Also, stick to standard resume formatting in a normal font like Arial, Courier, or Times New Roman—the ATS can’t read fancy fonts and will reject your resume out of confusion.