In your job search you may have come across the term “ATS”. ATS stands for “applicant tracking system”, and even if you haven’t heard the term, your resume has likely ended up in one or more of these systems.
ATSs are software used by recruiters, employers, and hiring managers to automate the process of screening resumes. Many employers receive hundreds of applications for each job opening they post, and many of the applicants are not qualified for the jobs they apply for. So, in theory, ATSs are supposed to weed out unqualified candidates, and pass the rest of the candidates on to a real live person to review.
In practice, there are several problems with ATSs, and you’ve maybe already experience a few of them in your job search.
ATSs are part of the reason why each company you apply to online seems to have their own unique online form where you have to enter your information one piece at a time instead of just uploading your resume and cover letter. One of the major ways Resumesending.com helps with your job search is saving you time by automatically submitting your resume to multiple ATSs, so that you don’t have to spend hours retyping the same information into each employer’s unique ATS form.
ATSs are also partly to blame for the “resume black hole” effect, where a person spends a long time preparing their materials to apply for a job online, takes time and care submitting those materials, and then never hears anything back about their application. This can be very disappointing, and while Resumesending.com can’t promise you’ll hear back from every employer you apply to through us, your job search dashboard will at least let you confirm your resume has been delivered.
If dealing with an ATS seems frustrating to you as a job seeker, well, unfortunately, that’s partially on purpose. ATSs are meant to reduce the number of resumes an employer has to pay a human to review. The idea is that if applying to a job is somewhat difficult for the applicant, only people who are really qualified and really interested in this particular job at this particular employer will apply.
As frustrating as ATSs can be for job seekers, they can even cause problems for employers, because sometimes they screen out candidates who would actually be recognized as a good fit for the job. The algorithms used by ATSs are not perfect, and they sometimes screen out candidates a human would not.
In future articles, we’ll look more closely at the specifics of how ATSs screen resumes, and how you can tailor your resume for review by an ATS. But for now, consider that before you start applying for jobs, it may be helpful to have someone who is familiar with ATS optimization review your resume. Resumesending.com offers this in the form of the resume review we offer all of our clients. Even more thorough and ongoing guidance on this and other job-search elements can be had in the form of the personal job search mentor that comes as part of our Ultra service package.
The people at Resumesending.com who will review your resume are familiar with ATSs and how they work, and they can advise you on how you might revise your resume before you send it out to make sure your resume makes it through the ATS screen.
We’ll be taking a more in-depth look in future articles at exactly how ATSs work, but for now this article from Jobscan is packed with helpful information about ATSs. Perhaps best of all, at the very end it has a feature that lets you enter your resume and a job description and see what results would be returned by an ATS scanning your resume. Try it out, and you’ll see there is a lot to consider! And that’s just for one ATS. There are several on the market.
So, let Resumesending.com help you out with ATSs. Our service automates the sending out of your resume, so you don’t have to spend hours retyping the information on your resume into each employer’s ATS form. We can also help you revise your resume to give you the best chance of getting your resume past the automated screening of common ATSs and on to the desk of a real, live human.
We hope this helps you in your job search. Best of luck!