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Being a great job applicant does not guarantee you a seat at the interview table.

Applicant Tracking Systems dominate this facet of corporate recruiting.  Companies large and small now rely on this technology to qualify applicants. 

Stop worrying about what human recruiters may like or dislike. You must please ATS first. 

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Stop worrying about what human recruiters may like or dislike. You must please ATS first. 

Here is what you need to know:

First, the ATS scanner cares about one thing: your scan score which is based in part on your use of keywords and phrases

Second, expert advice to the contrary, some older versions of ATS may eliminate your resume if you do not include your address.

Third, not every employer wants a cover letter. If you submit a cover letter with your resume, you could confuse the ATS scanner, and your information will be eliminated.