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Using Applicant Tracking Systems to Your Advantage

Posted March 2nd, 2021 | Author: John G. Self

There are two reasons resumes are eliminated for reasons other than qualifications:  The Applicant Tracking System scanned score was not good enough or the formatting or some other structural issues, such as no address, misspelled words, or grammatical errors.

In virtually every search today the prospective employer gets way too many resumes, so they program their ATS to weed out applicants who are unknowing or incredibly careless.

For online submissions, assume ATS will be in play. So, submit a plain text resume. It is safer.  Besides ATS Scanners do not care. Load it up with the appropriate keywords and phrases relevant to the specific job.  If you are selected for consideration, offer to send the formatted version. Recruiters want to have your latest information.  So, now you have the recruiter’s email address. Now send a video email with the formatted resume thanking them for their interest. 

Now they have your resume and a better sense of who you are. That is differentiation.

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