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Before I explain what ATS friendly resume means. What is ATS itself? Applicant Tracking System or ATS is a software tool that is increasingly used today by the Human Resources Departments of all major companies as well as online recruitment websites. ATS simplifies and speeds up the process of sorting and sifting through the hundreds of thousands of resumes that a company receives electronically.

In other words, the technology used in ATS enables recruiters and hiring managers to screen applications and create a shortlist of the most suitable candidates from the large volume of applicants for a particular position. So when you write your resume, you have to keep in mind that before it is even read by a pair of human eyes, a computer system is screening it to check for compatibility to the position applied.

So, not only does it matter how you write your resume, but it is also important to take into account a host of other simple yet significant aspects. These include the words you use, the flow and structure of your application, punctuation, grammar, the format, the use of graphics and the length or size of your resume.

While the ATS can be a help to hiring managers, unfortunately, it can be a hindrance to job seekers. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to make sure your resume is not rejected by the system:

1) Pay attention to the job description.

Let's be honest. In today's world of short attention spans and 140-character comments, it is not very easy to read a lengthy description without getting distracted, especially online. So, despite what you think, you may not really be paying attention to the job description even if you read it.

Why is it important? The ATS is primed to sift and sort through applications received by matching keywords to the job description. So for example, if you are applying for a position of retail manager, it is important that you explicitly mention words and terms that are relevant to the job description. Using so-called creative words such as overachiever or out-of-the-box thinker may not help you much if you miss out on the key words that describe the functions of a retail manager such as display merchandising, stock-taking, inventory control or sales promotions.

2) Check your resume for consistency and relevance.

One of the biggest mistakes that job seekers make is underestimating the ease of sending applications today. Applying for a job is much easier than it was years ago. You don't need to write a fresh resume and mail it out every time you apply for a new job. All you need to do is click, right? Wrong.

The one-size-fits-all approach is exactly the reason why many candidates receive very few or even zero responses despite sending out hundreds of applications. Quantity will never get you what quality can. Be sure to customize your applications for each and every position that you apply to.

3) Make your resume resilient and relevant to ATS.

Careful selection of font is important. You may have your favorite fonts but for a resume that must cross the bridge guarded by the ATS troll, select a web-safe font like Arial, Georgia, Impact, Courier, Lucinda,, Tohoma, or Times New Roman.

Finally, choose the right keywords. One place to find the key words is looking at the terminology and criteria in the job listing. But do not begin or end your resume with a section called keywords. The older ATS systems counted keywords, but the newer systems are able to weigh keywords in the context of the entire resume. They are programmed to not be impressed by a list of words.

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