What ATS Means for your Resume

Is ATS ruining your chances for success?

Here’s what we know

When building your resume, keep in mind more employers are turning to applicant tracking software (ATS) to identify suitable candidates. Decisions you make can affect ATS responds to your resume.  

In light of this recent article espousing the inaccuracies of automatic hiring software, should you be worried?

First of all, what is it referring to?

ATS consists of programs through which resumes are parsed to quickly identify viable candidates from large numbers of applications. The software scans resumes and analyses them against certain criteria. Things like length of employment, gaps in employment, job titles, and level of education.

So what’s the problem exactly?


According to the Verge:

… some systems automatically reject candidates with gaps of longer than six months in their employment history, without ever asking the cause of this absence. 

Should you be worried?

ATS is prevalent in the US, used by 75 percent of US employers according to the Verge. It is not yet as commonplace in Australia. Your resume would certainly be scanned in some cases,  if you apply for an ASX 200 company, for example. However, government jobs and positions with companies are generally assessed the old-fashioned way.


If you are applying to a bigger company, your resume will probably pass through ATS.  To ensure you are not rejected, keep your format simple, and avoid using complex tables or fancy templates. You may even wish to create a resume specifically for jobs which you know will scan your resume, and a separate, human-friendly version to provide to recruiters once you reach the interview stage. 

That being said, if you are going to apply for a bigger company and want to check your resume passability, you can use our free resume checker to get an ATS report. 


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