Applicant Tracking System (ATS)—A Friend or a Foe? (Part Two)
By Pierre G. Daunic, PhD – A Senior Writer for Career-Resumes.com
How to create an ATS Conversion Resume
Applying to a job online almost always means that resume screening software stands between you and a job interview. To land an interview, you need to know what the resume screener is looking for.
As I’ve noted in Part 1 of this article, if you want to avoid being automatically judged a poor fit by an ATS when applying to jobs online or by mail, you’d do well to first make sure you had a professionally written resume with optimized formatting, appropriate keywords, and measurable achievements in it. You should then convert that resume to a second version that adheres to ATS principles and guidelines. That done, you should test your ATS conversion resume against an ad you want to answer by using a relevancy tool such as Jobscan.co.
Jack Strikes Back
A recent client, Jack, had struck out again and again when applying for jobs online, despite having a well written resume and good experience. When he used Jobscan to compare his resume to a job ad he wanted to apply to, he was stunned to see his resume’s relevancy to the job was a meager 54%. But he also saw where his weaknesses were and converted his resume to an ATS-friendly version. This time his job relevancy jumped to 94%! How did he do it? By carefully observing the following Do’s and Don’ts related to ATS:
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Peter Newfield is President of Career-Resumes.com®, one of the premier resume writing services in the United States. He is The Resume Expert forBlueSteps.com, ExecutiveRegistry.com, NETSHARE.com, DirectEmployer.com and the former Resume Expert for Monster.com, Spencer Stuart Talent Network and the Career Center on AOL. View samples at: www.career-resumes.com