ATS rejected my application!
Have you ever thought this?
Have you been told this?
What if I were to tell you that it's wrong? That the information you've been given is unfortunately incorrect.
So, what is an ATS?
ATS stands for Applicant Tracking System. It's right there in the name. It tracks the applicant. For a lack of a better phrase, it's a filing cabinet that digital.
An ATS is a software, and just like any other software, it won't do anything until being told by humans and being programmed by humans.
So what can an ATS do? Let's break it down!
It receives your resume and application answers/information and stores it in a database. It is there where recruiters can review your information.
It can send emails and calendar invites
It can call candidates or send them texts.
It can rank you based on the skills of your resume if it's programmed to do so.
Let's break down what it can't do or isn't programmed to do.
Automatically reject you based on your resume
Hide your resume from recruiters so they never see it.
So how do you stand apart? You don't need to ATS proof your resume because that's not how that works. You need to match your resume to the job description to ensure that the skills and duties listed on the job description are listed on your resume if you have them.