Applicant tracking systems eliminate your resume from the online job application
Take the time to thoroughly read the job description of each application and make note of all the keywords that stand out. Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) allow employers to eliminate resumes that don’t match up with the job description, so be sure to take the time to bolster your resume to include the keywords listed in the requirements and other sections of the job posting.
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It’s not all doom and gloom. There are ways to boost the chances of ATS giving your CV a high ranking.
The better your score, the more likely it is to go to a real human being, who might call you for interview. The main thing to know is that ATS acts like a specialised search engine. That means you have to write in an ATS-friendly way – it’s a bit like Search Engine Optimisation for CVs.
Only about five applicants actually earn an interview from hundreds of applications
Landing the right job is a numbers game — the more resumes you send out, the more likely you are to get a callback. An extremely small percentage of those who apply for a job are actually called in for an interview, so by applying to more jobs, you increase your chances.
Make sure the jobs you apply to are a fit, of course. Don’t apply to jobs just to raise your numbers. Interviewing for a job that you aren’t interested in will just waste the employer’s time and yours.