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When applying for jobs you may be submitting your resume to multiple companies and notice that you’re not getting so much as a call back.

What you might not be aware of is that many companies will use an applicant tracking software which helps them screen the hundreds of resumes they may get for a single job.

Making sure that you’re taking the steps to get through that initial screening by the ATS so that your resume can get to an actual human is an important part of applying for jobs.

What is ATS?

An ATS is an Application Tracking Software that helps companies sort through resumes that they receive for job postings. While not all companies will use an ATS, about 95% of many of the larger companies utilize them.

How do they work?

Some of the criteria that your resume will be screened based on can be things like keywords and formatting. Most applicant tracking systems will read and reject a resume in just 2-6 seconds! So, making sure that you take the steps to get past this screening will give your resume a much better chance at being seen. The ATS, or what I like to call “The Evil Resume Bots”, is what is standing in the way of you landing that dream job.

Tailor your resume to the position you’re applying for

You should focus on tailoring your resume to the position you’re applying for. This sounds tedious and pretty time consuming, but if you’re only applying to jobs, you’re a good fit for then you’re dramatically cutting down the number of resumes you’ll have to customize.

Keywords are important

One of the criteria that companies will set when screening resumes through ATS is certain keywords that are related to the job. You want to make sure that your resume has keywords that are related to the job you’ll be applying for such as skills, qualifications, certifications, etc.

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What format should you submit your resume in?

If you’re trying to get past application tracking software make sure you submit a .docx file, not a PDF. This might go against everything you’ve heard in the past because many companies request PDFs. However, when it comes to getting your resume or CV through application tracking software, you’ll have a better chance if you submit a word file or a .docx file.

Simply taking the time to make sure that you’ve done everything you can to get through the applicant tracking systems in place will instantly give your resume a boost in comparison to those who are just shooting off a template-built resume to multiple companies.

If you’re aware of the screening process and what to avoid as outlined above, you’re in a much better position to get the job you’re dreaming of.

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