how job search technology works for or against you
If you’ve ever applied for a job online, the chances are you’ve been filtered by an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) before a single human eye has even glanced at your application.In fact, thanks to ATS, before any actual person even reads your CV, they’ll most likely see a list of the keywords from your CV that match the ATS criteria. And if you don’t have enough of those keywords in your CV, they might not even see it all. It’s all a bit of a nightmare for the uninformed, but one that’s only likely to become increasingly common.
Right now, around 90 per cent of large companies and as many as 50 per cent of small to medium sized businesses use ATS to screen job applications – and this is growing all the time.
Looking at it from a business’s point of view, you can see it makes sense.
Online job noticeboards have made it easier than ever to apply for situations vacant. This means that hundreds of applications are being made for each new vacancy. It would take weeks for an HR team to trawl through each one, so an ATS is essential to make sure only the most suitable applicants are considered.
The ATS will automatically scan a CV and pick out what it considers to be the relevant information based on keywords. This is where you could fall at the first hurdle.
If, for example, you’ve used a pdf or another, less well-known document format, it’s possible that the ATS can’t read anything. You’ve essentially sent in a blank piece of paper with your name on it.
Furthermore, if you’ve used a more unusual wording for your CV sub-headings, say ‘professional history’ instead of ‘work experience’, that whole section could be ignored by the ATS.
Some estimates have it that over 75 per cent of online job applications are rejected before any humans become involved in the process.
You might well be the ideal candidate for a particular role, but if the ATS doesn’t like your formatting or your choice of words, no-one will ever know!
ATSs are being used to make life easier for employers and their HR departments. But this needn’t be all bad. Automatic scanning means you don’t need to edit your CV to be any shorter than it should be.
JobRocket will guide you through the entire process, from finding the job for you, through to advising you on the keywords you should be using for each specific job, helping you to get in the door of the interview room.
While keeping a CV to within a couple of pages is always a good idea for human readers, if there’s some crucial information that really needs to stay there, you can let it run on a bit; the algorithm won’t mind.
In our next blog, we’ll outline some of the easy (and important) ways you can make the most of the ATS using the JobRocket job match tool.
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