applicant tracking system

What is an Applicant Tracking System

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today’s video I’m going to talk about
applicant tracking systems and what you
need to know to get your resume past the
ATS and onto the hiring managers desk so
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forward according to the most recent
stats on the web over 95 percent of
Fortune 500 companies are now using
applicant tracking systems or an ATS for
short so you may be asking yourself well
what is an applicant tracking system an
applicant tracking system is a database
it’s where your resume is submitted to a
company and it’s automatically uploaded
into a database where your information
on the resume is parsed out and put into
various database fields now these are
not only for the large companies in
another study 35% of small to midsize
firms are also using applicant tracking
systems what does this mean for you well
it means that your resume needs to be
applicant tracking system friendly and
there’s not just one ATS out there
there’s many different companies
producing many different applicant
tracking systems you see an ATS is
simply a piece of software and there’s
companies out there that create this
software and they sell into HR
apartments some are going to be more
robust than others and this is a
challenge for the job candidate because
you don’t know what company is using
what applicant tracking system so here’s
some general rules when it comes to the
ATS you want to keep your resume simple
okay and I recognize that you may went
out and just spend $500 on a
professionally designed resume with all
these bells and whistles and pictures
and all these eye-catching you know
pretty things on a resume
number one may never be seen but number
two if the information may not even be
parsed out so you got to keep in mind
that an applicant tracking system may
not be able to read a new unusual font
so the information could just go in as
gibberish an ATS may not be able to read
inserts or tables or graphs or images it
may not be able to read information
inside a shaded text box so the content
in there may not even be parsed over
I’ve seen applicant tracking systems
where they will actually take a title
that is next to the name such as an RN
or PMP or a PhD and it will actually
record that as an individual’s last name
I’ve even seen some of the earlier
applicant tracking systems have trouble
with PDF files and they recommend
uploading a Word document so this is a
challenge for the individual job
candidate out there because they don’t
know what company is using what ATS so
again the best practice on this is
really simplify your resume and I know
that hurts to hear that if you’ve just
spent a lot of money on a professionally
written resume with all those bells and
whistles but if you want to get past the
applicant tracking system that’s the way
to do it now of course if you know that
you’re sending your resume directly to a
human being
and it’s not going into an 80’s or your
hand delivering it to the individual
that’s a whole different story go ahead
and use your you know professionally
written pretty resume to bring in but if
you don’t know then I would advise you
to keep it simple so what if your
applicant are excuse me what if your
resume is applicant tracking system
friendly well how do you compete with
all those others up there because it’s
no longer a matter of the you know of
the right font or the color paper that
it’s printed on
because if nobody’s really seen it how
do you compete well I want you to
understand that you resume when it’s
uploaded it’s matched internally with
at-ats to the actual job description
that’s out there and it’s being matched
upon keywords but also the right
keywords as well and what I mean by this
is let’s say for example the Job
Description has the word Java three
times mentioned but you only have it
mentioned once on your resume but
somebody else has it mentioned four
times on their resume well guess who’s
going to have a better percentage match
especially if this position requires
Java so you need to really examine the
Job Description closely and make sure
that your resume matches that if there’s
a specific keyword out there for example
maybe it’s operations and it’s listed
several times on the resume or on the
the Job Description then make sure that
your resume has it several times listed
as well and you can do that in your
accomplishment statements you can do
that in the professional summary
statement but you want to make sure that
you’re highlighting that a couple of
times this is how your resume is going
to get a higher percentage ranking than
somebody else out there because what
will happen is maybe it’s a couple of
days later maybe it’s a couple hours
later the recruiter sits down at his or
her desk and they bring up the applicant
tracking system the ATS
that their company uses and they bring
up let’s say it’s project manager and