When you apply for a job online, there is no guarantee that your CV will be seen by the recruiter or hiring employer at all. It could well be stopped by complex ATS algorithms, that is unless it is specifically optimised.


Why Do Businesses Use ATS?

ATS are used to organise lots of applications, to help recruiters stay on top of CVs and to save time as filtering through hundreds of applicants can be a lengthy process. An ATS works by highlighting the best candidates in an automated way, ensuring that recruiters are aware of those who are best suited for the job. This can mean that top candidates slip through the cracks and are never considered for the role, simply because their CV is not optimised for ATS.


How Do ATS Work?

There are a lot of elements that make up an Applicant Tracking System, which is why it’s vital to optimise your CV with this in mind. With an ATS, recruiters can quickly glance at CV highlights such as job titles and skills. From this minimal information, they can then decide whether or not they want to find out more. This is why it’s important to organise your CV in a way that highlights top skills and qualifications.

An ATS also compares CVs to the job description, before then singling out those that are a good match. This means that recruiters only have to look at CVs the ATS has deemed worth looking at, rather than every application. It’s also possible to search an ATS with keywords, which is why it’s important to create a CV with this in mind. To find out more about optimising your CV for ATS, get in touch with The CV Pack.

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