How to Get Passed Resume Robots

What is a Resume Robot? AKA, an Applicant Tracking System (ATS)?

An Applicant Tracking System is a Recruitment Software Application used by Human Resources and Recruiters that enables them to screen candidates electronically for a vacant position. In the recruitment world, Applicant Tracking Systems are known by the acronym (ATS) and are also often referred to as ‘Talent Management Systems’, ‘Talent Acquisition Systems’, ‘E-Recruitment Systems’ and ‘Recruitment Database Systems’ and are used widely across Australian businesses.

What Are They Used For?

Applicant Tracking Systems are used to filter job applications by criteria for things such as keywords, skills, key selection criteria and years of experience. In Human Resources Teams, Applicant Tracking Systems assist companies to manage their recruitment process, applications, resumes and candidate details with greater efficiency.

How Can I ensure My Resume Can Pass the ATS?

With the vast popularity of Applicant Tracking System use in the Australian Recruitment Process, certain resume formats with extensive images and text boxes can interfere with the ATS and the way in which your resume is interpreted. This can result in your application not being giving the consideration it deserves. Here are some tips to assist you in making your resume applicant tracking system friendly.

Place Your Contact Information at The Top of Your Resume

Applicant Tracking Systems are used to identify your contact details. Always ensure your contact details are right at the top of your resume, making the details clearly visible to the ATS and subsequently the Recruiter. This includes your full name, email address and telephone number, making that information easily attainable when the employer chooses to get in touch with you.

Add Keywords and Phrases

Your resume should be tailored with key words and phrases that match the key accountabilities of the job you are applying to. This will ensure the ATS picks up the match of skills and competencies between your application and the role you have applied to.

Limit Images and Graphics

Applicant Tracking Systems scan through the information on your resume. Images and Graphics should be limited as they are not able to be read by the system.

Avoid Text Boxes

Just as with Images and Graphics, text boxes aren’t read correctly when the Applicant Tracking System scans through your resume. This is why it is best to avoid the use of text boxes and instead, ensure you format your resume correctly for the job you are applying to.


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