Is Your Resume "Robot Ready?" If You Aren't Sure, Follow These Tips


You may not realize this, but 75% of resumes submitted for job applications are NEVER seen by human eyes!

 “How is that possible?” you might be wondering.

 The vast majority of companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), automated computer software, to pre-filter resumes. These digital reviews are conducted to weed out applicants who don’t meet basic job requirements and other pre-determined criteria without wasting the time of valuable human resources staff.  In fact, more than 95% of Fortune 500 companies use ATS to streamline the recruiting process.

There are several things you need to keep in mind when crafting your resume to make sure it is “robot-friendly” so you don’t inadvertently disqualify yourself.  Here are some basic guidelines:

  1. Keep it simple: Don’t use any creative fonts, colors or logos because they can be easily misread by the software.
  2. Use generic job titles: ATS looks for keywords. If those keywords aren’t present in your resume, you will be evaluated as unqualified for the position.
  3. Utilize keywords from the job posting: Again, ATS searches for what it’s told to look for.  Go through the job description and look for the keywords the company used to describe their ideal candidate. 
  4. Use the proper file format: As a general rule, submit Microsoft Word files. PDFs and images cannot be read by ATS.

 The above video gives additional detail about each of the above, as well as more useful information. More likely than not, your resume will be initially evaluated by ATS, even if you are applying to a small organization. Keep these pointers in mind when you write your next resume to ensure a fighting chance in the Robot Resume Review.


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