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Should I optimize my resume for ATS?

Updated: Aug 2, 2022

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What do Applicant Tracking Systems do?

Applicant Tracking System software systems have become common place in the recruitment industry, increasing both efficiency and productivity of recruiter workflows by allowing recruiters to sort, manage and report on resumes submitted for a position in a matter of seconds. Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are designed to screen resumes based on the keywords included in them; making sure that candidates' qualifications align with the specific requirements outlined within each job description and do not include incorrect, irrelevant, or redundant information.

Keyword searches using a keyboard and cell phone

An Applicant Tracking System searches for keywords and phrases in a candidate's resume. The software uses keyword matching to determine which resumes best match the available job positions. Non-compliant resumes are eliminated from the recruitment workflow to prevent further manual review by recruiters.

What percentage of companies use ATS Systems?

Applicant Tracking Systems are used by 99% of Fortune 500 companies according to a recent study and also found that 35% - 66% of small to mid-sized organizations are now using Applicant Tracking Systems, often with additional HR software. The most recent decade has seen an exponential growth in technology, with the last five years alone boasting innovations like driverless cars and artificial intelligence, ATS's have been on the scene and developing since 1991. The use of ATS continues to expand, with the number of non-ATS users expected to decrease steadily over the next five years.

How many resumes do companies receive for each job?

Stack of resumes

Smallbusinessgenius writes companies received an average of 250 resumes for each job opening. Applicant Tracking Systems allow recruiters to scrutinize all submissions in a matter of seconds instead of devoting hours or even days reading piles of resumes, making their workflows more efficient and the whole candidate experience much less frustrating.