Do you have such experience: After seeing an interested job on the Internet and clicking in, you are asked to create an account to start an online application, and upload your resume, cover letter and fill in many Q&A sections, then you will probably submit your current resume immediately.
Stop! Do you know that in fact, the online job hunting is divided into two types?
- Sending resumes via Email
- Delivering resumes via online system
The difference is, the human vs system. If you submit your resume through the "online system", your application may be completely ignored if it is not ATS-optimized. In the current job-seeking world, there are many tricks and details that make job seekers feel frustrated. They took more than an hour to fill in the results but there is no response because the resume has not been seen by "human" at all.
In fact, ATS (Applicant Tracking System) is a software called: Job Seeker Tracking System. It can automatically analyze the resume and upload it to the company's database. Such software allows companies to collect resumes, build their own talent pools, and classify and contact job seekers in an efficient way. Therefore, job seekers may ask: How to get interview opportunities based on the system's screening logic? So, after reading this article, you will learn:
- The working principle of ATS
- How to write a job winning resume that beats the ATS
So, let's first take a look at what is the Job Seeker Tracking System? Applicant Tracking System (ATS)
ATS is a human resources software. You can think of it as a smart resume database. It can not only help the company streamline the recruitment process and undertake the pre-screening, but also analyze the resume content and categorize it accordingly. There are many ATS software on the market includes: Oracle/Taleo, SAP/SuccessFactors, IBM/Kenexa Brassring, iCIMS, ADP and Jobvit. If you are applying for a medium-large local or a multinational company, you are actually fighting with it.
When submitting the online application, we need to pay attention to the following "8 tips”, which are divided into format and content: Resume format for ATS
Please start with your most recent job to list your work experience, which means that the company name, location, job title, working period, and responsibilities are arranged in reverse chronological order. It's important to note that if your first step is to submit your resume through the “online system”, please format the resume in the right chronological order.
Many people want to show their personalities in the resume headlines. For example, you can write About Me or About Lynn. But consider the ATS ‘s recognition mechanism, it is recommended to use the “common” title: Summary, Work Experience, Education, and Skills.
In order to make the keywords and statements be scanned quickly and efficiently, try to avoid using images, tables, and text boxes, because ATS may not be able to effectively read the content placed in them.
Set the font size at 11~12 with simple and common fonts: such as Times New Roman, Arial, etc., and try to avoid using the bottom line, which may affect the legibility of lowercase letters, and finally save it as pdf or docx.
Each organization will have different titles in the same role because of different business needs. For example, if you are a Project Manager, there may be many extensions, such as Business Solution Analyst and Requirements Analyst, Functional Consultant, Business Consultant, Member - Product Management, etc. Therefore, please refer to the title listed in the Job Description and integrate into your resume.
To be continued ...