75% resumes are rejected by scanning software
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015
Today’s job market is changing quickly. Now many positions receive hundreds, if not thousands, of applicants for a single job. To cope with the deluge of applications, everyone from small business managers to HR reps and hiring consultants for large companies are using resume scanning software. Not only do you need to impress the human hirer, you now first need to get past the computer gatekeeper before your resume will even be seen by a human being. In fact, the Wall Street Journal estimates that over 80% of large companies now use automatic resume screening software.
The type of software used has many different names, such as applicant tracking systems or resume screening software, but they all do the same thing. But, did you know that as many as 75% of all resumes are automatically rejected by the screening software. To have a chance at gaining an interview, it’s essential that you can speak the software’s language.
When screening software first made an appearance, getting around it was as simple as dropping a couple of keywords at various points throughout your resume. Like everything else in technology, the software has improved and is now a lot more sophisticated. Keyword stuffing no longer does any good, and in fact it can harm your chances.
Your resume also needs to be creative and well written to appeal to both the software and the human who will read it at the end. Getting this right can be a tricky balancing act.
Here’s a basic primer on how the software works. First, it strips all formatting from the document, and then scans it for specific previously set keywords and phrases. The software then sorts your resume into four key areas; education, content information, skills, and work experience. It then matches those areas against a pre-selected list of skills and keywords. Those that have the highest scores are moved on to the next phase.
ATS systems have been around for quite a while but are now becoming more and more common. Recruiters and prospective employers love them for many reasons including these:
- Makes recruitment a faster process
- Saves money
- Finds the best applicants quickly
- Can report on each recruitment cycle
- Integrates with other work systems
- Tracks the applicants through the entire recruitment process
- May even link previous applicants with new positions in the company
- Automatically takes over routine tasks like posting job advertisements and sending offers.
No longer will you be able to slide your resume ‘under the radar.’ If you want to be one of the 25% whose resumes are accepted by the ATS, you need to change the way you see your resume. It has to work differently these days. We have give you some tips in our earlier posts on keywords (why you need them and how to use them) but writing a successful resume is quite a challenge. It takes a professional to write a resume that will pass the scanning software and still appeal to the recruiters when they sit down to read it.
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