Everything you need to know about beating Applicant Tracking Systems

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 12am

It's never been wise to put all your eggs in one basket! It's important that you tailor your CV for every job you apply for.

Many job applicants and CVs must first survive the applicant tracking system (ATS) before a live person even looks at them. So your goal is to achieve the highest rating possible for your CV.

So here's what you need to know about applicant tracking systems.

 

How do applicant tracking systems work?

Applicant tracking systems process CVs submitted by applicants and sometimes even use social media to actively recruit prospective employees. When you submit your CV through an ATS, it stores your CV and an entry in the database. The recruiters then search for keywords for the particular job opening. If your CV contains the keywords the employer wants, then the ATS will rank you higher in the search results. The keyword searches by recruiters include the skills and experiences specific to the particular job opening. The employer can even command the ATS to search the company’s entire database of CVs to look for candidates with certain qualifications. This means that even if you submitted your CV a long time ago and never got a response, the company may have kept it on file in its database, meaning that the ATS may identify you as a good candidate for a different position long after you originally submitted your CV.

 

Social Media and the ATS

There is social recruiting software that crawls the web for specific keywords, and the best way to get noticed is to have a social media profile that includes basic details about your education, work experience, and skills. That is sufficient to let the social recruiting software find you.

 

What about keywords?

The best way to get an ATS to notice your CV is to anticipate which keywords the ATS and recruiters will be trying to find. Jobscan can analyse your CV and compare to the job description in order to improve your ranking within an ATS, thereby increasing your chances of landing an interview.

Research is key

We've already mentioned that you should tailor your CV specifically for each job application you submit. Whether this means making major or minor changes, your CV should make clear why you are a good candidate for that specific role. You should find out as much as possible about the organization to which you are applying. If current employees of the company have social media profiles, especially on LinkedIn, see if you have similar qualifications or keywords. When recruiters search for keywords in applicant tracking systems, they are usually looking for certain concrete skills in your CV.

Researching jobs and optimizing your CV with keywords before you apply is the best way to get interviews.

If you've got a job in mind why not test your CV against the ATS. Just copy your CV and job description and get an instant report!

 

 

Re-scan your CV against the same job description until your match rate reaches at least 80%. Remember to save your optimized CV in your Global-Workplace profile.

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