ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) Software Guide and Checklist

Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are becoming used by more employers than ever before. It can cause confusion so we have produced a very short and simple guide so that you can understand the role it plays in recruitment. 

What is it?

It is software used by employer to screen, keep track and manage job applicants.

What does it do?

It can depend on the employer. An employer can use it to screen out unsuitable candidates and manage candidates. Usually an employer will add the skills and essential qualities they are looking for and the software can generate a list of suitable candidates.

What does it matter to me?

It will apply you only if you are job seeking and if your target employer is using it.

How will I know if the employer is using it?

It is unlikely that you will know what software a company is using. It is becoming more common and it is used mostly by larger employers.

What should I do?

Ensure that your CV can be read by the software, use the correct keywords and have clear formatting.

Are there any shortcuts?

No. you must also keep in mind that a human will be reading the CV at some point so you need to make sure that you persuade them to hire YOU.

Quick Checklist

☑            Use appropriate keywords

☑            Use clear formatting, don’t mix fonts

☑            Use the right file type / size

☑            Use an up to date document

☑            Use a clear layout

☑            Use clear sections/headings

☑            Be honest about your experience or skills

☑            Do tailor your CV for the job

☑            Don’t just copy and paste from the job advert

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