One of the key features of the APPLICANT TRACKING SYSTEM (ATS) is to scan the resumes for keywords. Here are some assumptions related to resumes to find the truth about ATS.
Wrong #1: You Should Write Your Resume for the Computer and Not For the Person
Matt Singelman who is CEP at Burning Glass in Boston explains that for the job seekers there are two types of news the good and the bad. He said that it’s not about just looking for the keywords as a lot of systems used to work on it. APPLICANT TRACKING SYSTEM provides job seekers the best match which uses ‘contextualized’ instead of ‘semantic’ search.
Singleman said that the bad news for the job seekers is that you have to make resumes which require customizing. You have to customize your resume for each job you apply and you have to emphasize the experiences and specific skills.
Wrong #2: Search Technology Programs or Robots Are Not Replacing Humans
Many companies employ keyword-focused Cloud Technology and screening traditional software.
The creator of TagCrowd, Daniel Steinbock creates the most popular tag cloud or word cloud. TagCrowd is a web application which visualizes the frequencies of words in any sort of text. Resumes are also included in it. Word cloud offers you to examine the document. It immediately creates a visual which focuses on words that are seen in a block of text.
Wrong #3: Use White Fonts in Your Resume to attract recruiters
If you are using a white font in your resume so that employers’ Applicant Tracking System will read the white, small font then it’s not something new. So, if you are relying on this to attract recruiter then it would cost you.
According to Steinbock, you should give some real thought to your resume for both human beings and technological audience. Consider things which will convince hiring managers and which will be favored by them. ATS will read all the materials in your resume.
Wrong #4: Most of the Resumes Are Discarded Because Of the Formatting Problems
But Singleman says that many of the resumes of the candidates are made into the database so that the recruiters can find the resumes when they need to. So, just because you are not getting the right fit position it absolutely does not mean that a recruiter needs to dig up your resume for another candidate.
Right: You Should Ditch Graphics on Your Resume Otherwise All the Hard Work Will Be Wasted
The graphics on your resume may not be downloaded by many companies and this will land all your hard work on the trash heap.
Kathy Downs who is an accounting recruiting manager and a Robert Half Finance in Orlando, Florida says that some people make a very fancy resume so that when they are printed it looks beautiful but when it is uploaded and emailed into an employer’s system it will format your resume and all your hard work will be wasted. Steinbock says that it’s not important to use one font in the resume.