Over the last year, corporations and job board companies are starting to use a search tool called semantic search to help match open jobs with an online job seeker better than ever before. It’s actually been around for about 5 years, but it’s within the last year that it’s begun being used in recruitment (by companies like Deloitte, Bosch, and Manpower).
Many job seekers eagerly wait for a response and wonder where their application ends up. Some wonder if anyone ever saw their resume! As a recruiter at Simply Hired I’m here to tell you what happens after you hit the submit button. The good news: Don’t worry. We received your resume. It’s not lost. The bad news: Many factors come into play before your resume gets seen by human eyes. From my experience, here’s five ways to beat those robots reading your resume: 1. After You Send Your Resume It Enters an Online System Before a recruiter ever sees your resume it
Many job seekers understand they need to use targeted keywords in their resume to be chosen for consideration by an applicant tracking system (ATS). Fewer, though, are aware of the importance of their formatting choices.
Specifically, which formats work best so your resume sails past the ATS, and into the recruiter’s hands?
You thought a human actually reviewed your resume? In most cases… you would be wrong.
Given this reality, you need to work hard to ensure your resume makes it through the ATS and gets into the recruiter’s hands. To help get you started in the right direction, take a look at this infographic from HireRight, which shares some important do’s and don’ts that will help make your resume robot-friendly…
You worked hard on your resume and cover letter. You applied for the job that, according to the job description, met your qualifications perfectly. Your online presence is impeccable.
And yet, the recruiter never called. Before you curse out that recruiter, you should know that they likely never saw your resume…
Recruiters are increasingly using Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) and Talent Acquisition Systems (TAS) to help manage the overwhelming amount of resumes they receive. (Among job seekers, these tools are sometimes called the “resume black hole”).
Although this technology is a phenomenal help to recruiters, these tools sometimes accidentally weed out candidates who are qualified for the job opening.
Often, this accidental screening-out of otherwise qualified resumes is simply caused by resume formatting that isn’t compatible with the ATS and TAS software.
After speaking with a few IT professionals and recruiters, I compiled some tips on how to format your resume for the ATS: