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What is an ATS?

An Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is a software tool used by organizations to streamline recruitment and hiring processes. It centralizes job applications, tracks candidates, and facilitates collaboration with hiring teams.

ATSs automatically filter resumes based on qualifications, using chosen keywords related to education, experience, skills, and competencies. The system scans resumes, flags desired keywords, and assigns scores accordingly.

Resumes with high scores proceed to human reviewers, while low-scoring ones are discarded.

ATSs significantly impact job applicants throughout the hiring process. Here's how:
Application Submission: Applicants submit resumes and materials through the company's ATS, ensuring consistent format and facilitating review and comparison by recruiters.
Resume Parsing: ATSs extract relevant information from resumes, such as contact details, work history, education, and skills, allowing quick assessment by recruiters. Proper resume formatting is crucial for accurate parsing.
Keyword Matching: ATSs employ algorithms to screen resumes based on specific keywords inputted by recruiters. Well-optimized resumes tailored to the job description have a higher chance of passing initial screening.

Companies use ATSs to improve internal and candidate communication, centralize information, streamline hiring processes, and promote equal opportunity.

While ATSs enhance efficiency, applicants should understand how they work and adapt their materials accordingly. Remember, lacking specific keywords can automatically disqualify applicants.

To avoid this, you can update your resume to align with the job description.

To learn how to balance your resume by including enough of the right keywords and keeping your resume engaging on a human level, head to the Resume Curriculum and select the “Resume Writing for Robots” lesson.

Updated on: 15/08/2023

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