Beat ATS systems by understanding them first. Do you understand the technical aspects behind applications you’re submitting?
First let’s level-set on what ATS even is. Not everyone may even understand what this is, or what it means. ATS (Applicant Tracking System) is an automated tool that most companies use to streamline the recruiting and hiring process. These systems are generally designed for the benefit of the employer, to seamlessly weed out applicants who don’t meet their minimum requirements, which are coded into the HRM system on the back end. So if you don’t understand ATS, or the mechanics of how the system works, you are already at a disadvantage.
The objective isn’t to beat the ATS, but rather, understand what ATS is, how to navigate it, and how to best optimize your resume and supporting documents so that the ATS system can easily digest your files, while also seeing that your application is relevant to the role the company is hiring for. Remember – this is automation. So the first, and most important step, is to ensure that your application materials are robustly designed to ensure the file seamlessly goes through the system. This requires a solid understanding of ATS, and general technical acumen to best position yourself.
Top tips when considering how to best beat ATS systems:
1) Understand the system you’re applying through, what exactly that means, and how to navigate it
2) Leverage resources prior to submitting any application that has any suspected or confirmed use of ATS
3) Realize that every click and upload matters. Ensure your files are written with quality and digitally competitive
4) Consider the rapid-fire approach. Realize the pros and cons of doing this and how this may or may not positively impact your approach
Applying for jobs is overwhelming, but it’s not impossible. Work strategically with a focus on quality and you’ll have higher interview traction.