Get your CV seen by the recruiter and pass through the scanning eye of the ATS. There are a number of ways to prepare your CVand make it ATS checker and we’ve selected six to discuss below.
Keywords & Phrases
Look at the position advertised and scrutinise the job description. Focus specifically on the key requirements, core skills and phrasing. These and the contextual information are essential in your CV. Repeat critical skills-related keywords no more than three times.
Take it a step further and visit the employer’s website. Consider their corporate identity and value system. The Company may include some of these words in the user defined list, so it makes sense to reflect some of the company’s ethos in your CV and cover letter.
Streamline the formatting and keep it as simple as you can. Write your CV and focus on content, rather than design. We have developed a number of templates that are ATS friendly. They may not be easy to the eye, but they are far more likely to get seen by the Hiring Manager. Where you feel you must use extra formatting – keep it minimal. The idea here is for the software to scan your CV for keywords and phrases quickly and so you want to make it as easy as possible.
Qualifications & Titles
When it comes to qualifications, make sure that you list the name of your qualification(s), year graduated or completed, and the school attended, accurately and clearly. Do not deviate from this as degrees are almost universal. The exception being diplomas and certificates that are country and institution-specific. It makes sense that if an employer is searching for a specific type of qualification in a candidate, that said candidate ensures the software can identify their qualifications without any hassles.
The appropriate font is another factor you need to consider. Sans-serif fonts like Verdana or Tahoma are preferable over serif fonts like Times New Roman or Cambria. Why? According to Business Insider, some screening software reject certain fonts. So, avoid script fonts and pay attention to the size of your font and make sure you don’t use anything smaller than 10-point.
Don’t Exaggerate or Lie
Don’t lie, fabricate, or exaggerate in an attempt to fool the ATS selection process. One of the things candidates try is typing their qualifications in white font so that it is picked up by the software but missed by the human eye. It has been tried too many times, and employers are well aware of this tactic. ATS software makes provision for this deviation, and if caught, you’d never be able to apply to that company again.
More and more employers rely on ATS software to help them streamline their recruitment process.
ATS software is here to stay. It’s not going anywhere. In fact, it’s evident more employers are using it than ever before mainly because it makes the recruitment workflow so much more comfortable and cheaper. For this reason, it is vital that candidates write and prepare their CV knowing that it will be fed to an ATS screening process.