So we’ve all heard of ATS at this point… that little piece of technology that all job seekers hate.
But you’ll have to overcome your hatred for these resume-sorting robots.
Because the best way to beat ATS is to make it your friend!
Here are some fool-proof ways to get your resume past ATS and into the hands of hiring managers:
1. Refrain from using text blocks, wild colors, greyed out lines, headers, or graphics. These are just a few of the things that can totally skew how ATS reads your resume which is the last thing you want!
2. Focus on key phrases. There’s a TON of talk about keywords and how to use them on your resume, but as the job search process improves and progresses, ATS has more of a key phrase based search. Make sure you’re utilizing the right words and phrases into the resume rather than just listing them one by one.
3. Use the job description as a cheat sheet. ATS is programmed to look for specific things in your resume, so using the same terminology as HR will get you a step ahead. When writing your resume, take a look at the job descriptions for the positions you want to apply for and incorporate them into the career section or summary (just make sure it’s not word-for-word!)
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