Fact vs. Fiction: The reality of using Applicant Tracking Systems

Separating fact from fiction: The reality of using an ATS‍

1. “I already have a LinkedIn resume, so I don’t need to put my resume into the ATS.”

If you have a LinkedIn profile, you can use the website’s “Quick Apply” option to apply for a job, which sends a candidate’s LinkedIn profile and CV to the hiring employer. Other job-search websites, such as Indeed and Monster have a similar streamlined application process. Applicants can also choose to submit a longer and more detailed job application through job sites, which will expedite them to the front-end of the employing company’s ATS.‍

2. “The ATS looks for keywords, dates and job titles in your resume.”

3. “ATS are advanced enough to figure out how to collect, organize and arrange all the information on the resume.”

Many ATS require assistance, through the use of headings, to identify where data should be placed. As a result, valuable information can be misfiled and overlooked. Many ATS only use data that fits with their formatting criteria.‍

4. “It’s better to send your resume in PDF format when submitting to an ATS.”‍

Most ATS can read documents in Word or PDF format. Most recruiters will look at the resume you’ve included to your application rather than relying entirely on the resume you’ve entered into the applicant tracking system. It’s preferable to avoid using special characters like ampersands and accent marks or even tables and images as many ATS may have trouble reading them.‍

5. “If the keywords are not detected, you will be rejected right away.”

This is depending on how the applicant tracking system (ATS) is set up by the organisation. Companies can programme their applicant tracking systems to score applications and hold those that don’t match the basic requirements in a separate “holding database” for later consideration.

6. “Applicant tracking systems can read resumes in any format.”‍

If your resume isn’t ATS-optimised, it has a higher chance of falling through the cracks. Another chance is that an ATS could misread a resume.

7. “Any resume longer than 2 pages will be rejected by an ATS.”‍

Contrary to popular belief, the length of a resume doesn’t make a big difference. However, if an ATS is programmed to look for specific terms, resumes that include more of those terms may score higher.‍

8. “All ATS operate similarly.”

ATS aren’t all similar. They differ in terms of complexity and functionality. An ATS from one business may be configured with different settings so that it functions differently than another ATS from the same company. Different ATS also provide various reporting.

Put your ATS doubts to rest with peopleHum‍

Now that we have dispelled the most pervasive misconceptions and given you a brief understanding on the truth behind using Applicant Tracking Systems, it’s time to put your doubt to rest.

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