First of all, let’s clear up one thing – ATS is not a software a recruiter uses to scan your CV. ATS stands for Applicant Tracking System and it is a much more complex thing than a simple “CV scanner”.
The ATS manages the job posts, allows the recruiters to post it to multiple job boards at the same time, tracks all applicants, saves their CVs, scans and ranks CV stock according to keywords, and offers an overview of the calendar and scheduled interviews. It also provides tickets for applicants and recruiters can write notes, change the status of an application, email them through the software, etc. It basically makes recruiters’ lives way easier!
Companies all over the world use it, big and small, for any role they advertise. It saves them time and streamlines the process. Instead of one person going through hundreds of CVs, they simply run it through the application. The ones that match the job posting most are the chosen ones and the CV owner gets a call. It’s as simple as that. Of course, we are not suggesting that every single company out there uses the application for every single opening they have! There are always exceptions, but the fact is – more and more companies rely on computers.
Now, when we say that Linking Lines’ CVs are “ATS optimised”, by that we mean that we can help you outsmart the software. If you know how and if you have time, it’s fairly easy to do so. What you need to do is:
- Keep the format simple – no need for photographs, icons, tables or symbols
- Watch the style – avoid having multiple fonts, colours, and capitalisation
- Target your CV – if possible, opt for a particular job position. If not, we can also work if you opt for a field or an area
- Do your research on keywords
- Show off your skills and experience (but don’t lie!)
These are the first things you have to keep in mind if you’d like to pass the scanning. It can take a long time to do all of this, and it can be a cumbersome process, but if you put in the effort, it will pay off!