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:
You’ve written the perfect resume for a position you’re excited about. You sent the resume and a frigin’ fantastic cover letter. You are the perfect candidate. And then… you get no response. Again.
To be successful in your job search can sometimes feel like you need to master a combination of magic and alchemy; with some Unicorn Trainer skills mixed in. Getting a response from a recruiter, much less hired, can seem that elusive.
What’s likely happening: your resume is never being read by a real person. Instead, all your effort is being sorted by a tool known in recruiting as an Applicant Tracking system, or ATS…