CVs are getting rejected by robots; Tips to get through from ATS software to recruiters

Do you know your CV can be getting rejected by a computer before it even reaches human hands? Many qualified job seekers are not making it past the Applicant Tracking System (ATS). ATS is software recruiters use to sort through hundreds of CV’s.

he ATS software scores the CVs to determine which candidates are most qualified to move to the shortlist where an actual human (recruiter) will review. If your CV contains keywords the employer is looking for, ATS will rank you highly.

The flaw of ATS is they can reject great candidates because their CV’s are not key-word compliant or formatted to appeal to ATS. Here some ways to ensure your CV gets through the ATS software into human hands.

1. Mirror the Job Description wording in your CV, including the tense it’s written e.g if job description says “management of suppliers” change if your CV says “managing vendors and contractors”.

2. Nail those keywords. There is lingo in every profession/industry. It may be software, skills, certifications, licenses, responsibilities, or procedures.

3. Repeat important keywords related to your skills a few times in your CV.

4. Make use of cloud services to help you determine the right keywords to use in your CV.

5. Try and stick to text. Don’t use too many graphics, logos, or tables in your CV as fancy graphics, images, tables, and logos can confuse some ATS.

A successful job application requires an interview getting CV and a well articulated Cover Letter.

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Written By Hannah Martin

 

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