What Is An Applicant Tracking System?

Sep 21, 2021 | Resumes

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Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are programs designed to aid in sourcing candidates for mid-sized and large companies. Getting through the ATS program is the first step in application processing.

When you apply to a job, your resume drops off into what we call the “pool.” Since these pools can become overwhelming, ranging from 200-500 resumes, recruiters need a way to sort or sift through the relevant resumes. Recruiters have multiple roles and little time in filling positions; sourcing applicants is time-consuming, so having an ATS makes the process faster and smoother.

ATS programs make it easier for recruiters to find the most relevant applicants. Your resume sits in the pool until the recruiter pulls resumes based on searches for the position in which you applied. The recruiter searches for certain keywords associated with the job description. It basically works like Google. The most relevant resumes come to the top.

If you are applying to multiple jobs without hearing any feedback or possibly hearing “crickets,” perhaps you need to see how the ATS is reading your resume. To beat the ATS, your resume must read well according to the system, and it must have SEO (or keywords) that are relevant to the job. This is why we offer a Resume Review service. For a very small fee, you’re able to find out where your resume measures up according to the ATS, and we will provide a thorough review to help you get your resume up to speed. Contact us to learn more.

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