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ATS Software vs. The Candidate

A year ago, I applied to over 300 individual companies and received 2 only interviews. I started to doubt myself, because the consistent automated responses that kept chipping away at my self esteem.



Thank you for your interest in [insert company name here], however; we are moving forward with more qualified candidates. We will keep your resume on file [and ignore your experience and qualifications] thanks for applying! [because a system told me so]

That is the equivalent of "the dog ate my homework."



Did you know that 98% of Fortune 500 companies and 62% small and mid-sized businesses filter resumes through an applicant tracking system (ATS) before someone takes the time to read one? If they even read it?


An algorithm is telling a human being that another human being is a viable candidate...


You can't use ATS friendly keywords you find online, its no longer enough. There are 25 checkpoints that ATS software tracks and the algorithm updates quarterly.


There are a ton of companies out there selling ATS software, but the heavy hitters are updating the software to their needs, just as fast as it takes to take a selfie and upload it into snapchat.


  • Taleo

  • Workday

  • SuccessFactors

  • Greenhouse

  • Brassring

  • iCIMS

  • Jobvite

  • Lever

  • SmartRecruiters

  • Jazz

  • HRCATS

  • BambooHR


Biggest question I asked myself, why should I hire a resume writer? I'm smart, I can do it myself. Well - you are smart. But what you might not realize, is that your too close to understand that your harming your ATS results by not working the system.


Without giving our secrets away, know that writing resumes isn't easy. We as writers need to take all the materials you provide and turn that data into something that makes you and the software happy with the outcome.


more to come!


#atssoftware #resumes #jobhunting #careerservices #interviewing #work

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