That’s why making a few simple tweaks to your CV could help you get a much-needed foot in the door.
How does an applicant tracking system (ATS) work?
An ATS is a piece of software that assigns each CV a score based on how well it matches the job criteria set out by the employer. It then ranks and sorts candidates, allowing those with the highest scores to progress and discounting those with the lowest scores. This cuts out a lot of the work for the hiring manager and should mean that only the strongest candidates progress.
How do I make the ATS work in my favour?
There are five simple ways to improve your chances if your CV comes up against an ATS:
Whether the employer is using an ATS or not, following these steps should give you a real head start. Make sure you include up-to-date contact information at the top and an introductory paragraph explaining who you are and why you’re the perfect candidate for the job.
While it’s time-consuming to tailor each CV you send off to the specific job in question, doing so is much more likely to get you through to the interview stage. It’s better to send off five excellent applications a week than 50 mediocre ones. Concentrate on the jobs you are really interested in and give yourself the best possible chance of success.