Ever Wondered How an ATS System Reads Your Resume? [Infographic]

Article written by Angela Hydes, Marketing and Content Contributor. Follow us at @TALGroup.


It’s not easy being a jobseeker in the modern age of technology.

Long gone are the days when stacks of resumes were filtered by human hands. Now ATS (Applicant Tracking System) Software tools have taken over, and they are changing the application process altogether.

Sadly, due to ATS filters and keyword scanners, many CVs never make it past the first screening stage of the system. You may be wondering how the software choose the “good” from the “not-so-good” resumes, and what can you do to improve your likeliness of making it past the system.

Check out the infographic below from Lifehacker for some great tips that will optimize your chances of getting your CV into (real!) human hands. Some quick takeaways if you don’t have lots of time:

  1. Consultant an industry expert, such as a recruiter, to help craft your resume and finetune it for the type of role you are looking for
  2. Strategically use relevant text & keywords in your resume vs. dumping all the keywords from the job description
  3. Utilize priority & secondary keywords: 
  4. Priority keywords: words used in the company’s listed job title, description headlines, used more than once, or called out as “success” criteria
  5. Secondary keywords: mention of competitor companies or brand name experience, keyword phrases, notable industry qualifications, etc.


Source: Lifehacker

If you would like to discuss next steps in your career path, don’t hesitate to reach out. One of our recruitment experts would be happy to review your resume and discuss options, your expectations and professional goals. Call us at (416) 599 1825 or e-mail us here.



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