If you are applying for a job today, odds are that automated readers in the form of Applicant Tracking Systems or ATS are filtering you out. In many cases, a human will never even lay eyes on your resume.

What is an ATS?

An ATS is a program that a company uses to power their recruiting process. Chad Hoersten, CTO at Professional Diversity Network explains:

“The ATS handles all applications as well as the hiring process, workflow and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs information. If your company does business with the Federal Government, you have to be able to prove that you are compliant with federal guidelines in your hiring process.” 

How Do I Pass through the Resume Gate Keepers?

You have to use the right formula. This includes using the correct keywords for your industry and placing the keywords in the right spot in your resume. With each job you apply for, you should use different keywords prominently in your resume. Use the most important keywords high up in the resume- the ATS will find these more easily. Be sure to highlight your skills early in your resume as well.

How Do I find the Right Keywords to Use?

Take a look at the job description for the particular position you are applying for. Do they mention any specific skills that the employer is looking for? Target the skills that are being sought in the description. Which of these skills pertain to your professional abilities? Use the same phrases- they are ATS-friendly.

As important as it is for you, the job seeker to research the company that you are applying to, it is equally as important to research the job description. Look at different job descriptions with similar job titles to find any repeated skills or words. These will become your keywords- and the key to getting your foot into the interview room.

Is My Resume ATS-Friendly?

Make sure that your resume is written in plain text. Avoid using a frilly font or special characters, like bullet points or numbering. Don’t use excessive spacing in between words. If you have more than one email address or more than one phone number, separate them with a new line. 

Rachel Barsky is one of the Channel Managers at iHispano.com, the nation's premier professional networking site and job board for Latinos in the United States. Follow iHispano.com on Twitter @iHispano and on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest career tips and job opportunities.

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Rachel Barsky is one of the Channel Managers at iHispano.com, the nation's premier professional networking site and job board for Latinos in the United States. Follow iHispano.com on Twitter @iHispano and on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest career tips and job opportunities.

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