What happened to the days when job seekers would simply fill out an application and send in their resume to the HR department of their dream employer? Technology happened. We have entered into a digital world and a not so great job climate. In order to survive these changes, the hiring process has been updated to transform the time and energy spent sifting through resumes of potential job candidates. Your resume needs to make an impression, and at the very least afford you the opportunity to be found.

One of the most important tools for recruiters and HR managers is an applicant tracking system. An ATS is a software application that electronically manages a variety of hiring needs. A good ATS sifts through hundreds (sometimes thousands) of resumes to match candidates based on the necessary skills, education, years experience, etc. If your resume isn’t up to snuff, the recruiter’s ATS won’t return your resume, even if you could be the perfect candidate for the job opening.

If you resume isn’t properly formatted, your resume may never get pulled. By using the proper formatting and necessary keywords for the position you’ve applied for, you will increase your chances of selection and progress through the hiring process. Resume formatting is your key to employment success, but can be challenging without the proper insight as to how applicant tracking systems function. Resunate has created an infographic that breaks down the ATS and will help you better optimize your resume to improve your chances of getting hired.

Resume formatting