Job Search Hack - #1 Beat The Robots

Friday, October 29, 2021

Job Search Hack - #1  Beat The Robots 

Recruiters  frequently use an applicant tracking system (ATS) software that helps them organise job applications. An ATS does more than just track applications—it can also act as a filter, parsing every CV submitted and forwarding only the most relevant, qualified job seekers to a hiring manager or recruiter. 

Luckily, getting past the ATS is a lot easier than you might think. 

One of the ways the ATS narrows an applicant pool is by searching for specific keywords. It’s like a Google search but on a much smaller scale.
The recruiter can decide which keywords to search for—usually whatever skills, qualifications, experience, or qualities are most important for performing the job. So, if you want to make it past the ATS, you’ll need to include those important keywords on your CV. 

You also want to be careful you’re not just stuffing your CV  full of keywords. “You can use a keyword as much as you like so long as it’s used in the correct context that makes it relevant to the job

In addition to making sure that your CV has the right content for an applicant tracking system, you also need to make sure the ATS can make sense of that information and deliver it to the person on the other end in a readable form. 
Fortunately, ATS-friendly CV formatting is very similar to recruiter-friendly CV formatting. Like a human, the ATS will read from left to right and top to bottom, so keep that in mind as you format. 

When designing a CV to go through an ATS, avoid

  • Tables
  • Text boxes
  • Logos
  • Images
  • Graphics
  • Columns
  • Headers and footers
  • Uncommon section headings
Ultimately recruiters just want to find the info they’re looking for as quickly as possible, So making a CV ATS friendly will actually help your CV be more readable to recruiters as well.