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What do you need to know before you purchase an Applicant Tracking System?   

jauhar khan 
@jauhar123 | Posted 24 May. 2019


You Need To Know About Applicant Tracking Systems

What do you know about applicant tracking systems?

If you think the first obstacle to getting a job interview is a recruiter’s judgment, you’re not seeing the whole picture. 98% of Fortune 500 companies and a growing number of small and mid-sized businesses filter resumes through an applicant tracking system (ATS) before someone takes a look if they ever do.

What are applicant tracking systems?

Applicant tracking system software provides recruiting and hiring tools for companies. Among other functions, these systems collect and sort thousands of resumes.

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When you apply for a job online, your resume isn’t typically going directly to a recruiter or hiring manager. It’s first being processed by an Applicant Tracking Systems. Whether that human recruiter ever sees your resume could depend on how well your resume is optimized for ATS algorithms.

Why employers use applicant tracking systems

Top employers hire for several jobs at a time and receive hundreds of resumes for any given opening. Because applying for a job online is easier than ever, many of these applicants are unqualified and figured “it was worth a try.”

Applicant tracking systems keep all these resumes in one place, helping recruiters and hiring managers to stay organized as well as EEOC compliant.

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Applicant tracking systems are everywhere

Most large corporations utilize applicant tracking systems. Jobscan research found that 98% of Fortune 500 companies use ATS while a Kelly OCG survey estimated 66% of large companies and 35% of small organizations rely on recruitment software.

How applicant tracking systems work

Applicant tracking systems collect and store resumes in a database for hiring professionals to access. Resumes may also be stored long after the original job you applied for is filled. Corporate recruiters or hiring managers can then search and sort through the resumes in a number of ways, depending on the system they’re using.

Resume formatting matters in applicant tracking systems

When you upload your resume into an applicant tracking system, the recruiter won’t necessarily view the file. Some ATS parse the document into a digital profile to make things uniform and searchable.

This causes big problems for job seekers.

Many ATS parsing algorithms are outdated and unintelligent, causing your resume information to get distorted or lost. This means vital keywords or details might not be imported.

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How to “beat” applicant tracking systems

There is no universal trick to beat applicant tracking systems. Surviving an ATS and getting invited for a job interview requires a well-written resume that is mindful of ATS algorithms as well as the people pushing the buttons.

Applicant tracking systems are here to stay

During the Great Recession, employers were flooded with applications and wanted features that discouraged and filtered out unqualified candidates. This resulted in many of the bloated application processes and indiscriminate filters found in Applicant tracking systems today. Unfortunately, improving unemployment rates won’t mark the end of ATS.