WHAT IS AN ATS?
AND WHY DOES IT HATE ME?
An Applicant Tracking System ATS is a software that is widely used for recruitment efforts. Not only do recruitment firms use these systems to track potential placements, but major corporations rarely make a hiring decision without evaluating the information the ATS provides. As a jobseeker there is no getting around these systems. Recent stats seem to report approximately 95% of all companies regardless of size and revenue consider the ATS a mandatory recruitment tool and refuse to bypass these systems when making a hiring decision.
HOW DOES THE ATS WORK?
Applicant Tracking Systems handle a lot of the legwork for busy employers. This system extracts the data from your resume and parses it into predetermined categories. These categories are then scanned, scored and ranked to determine if the candidate should be passed along to the recruiter or decision maker for further review.
Keep in mind, the ATS has the job of filtering out unqualified applicants so the recruiters and decision makers can devote their time to evaluating the candidates who are more likely to be a match for the position.
Unfortunately, that means if a resume is not written and formatted with the applicant tracking system in mind, a qualified candidate can be easily passed over.
IS BEING ATS COMPLIANT REALLY THAT IMPORTANT?
Studies show on average, a general job post for a senior level executive position no matter the location is like to receive over 250 applicants within a matter of hours. Of that number, it is recorded that generally 75% of the final number of applicants will not pass an ATS scan with a score of 50% or higher.
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