Résumé: Know Your Audience
Applicant Tracking Systems and Résumé Parsing SoftwareIf you are applying to a large company, it is likely that you will fill out an application online and upload your résumé electronically. This allows HR departments to organize and screen a large number of applicants without drowning in paperwork. However, this also complicates the application process for job-seekers. Chances are that before your résumé is seen by a recruiter, it will be analyzed by a complex computer program commonly called an ATS (Applicant Tracking System). Apart from organizing and storing application information, the ATS performs a process called "résumé parsing." This process has two primary functions:
- Résumé parsing translates various forms of résumés (Word documents, PDF files, WordPress etc. into a uniform electronic format in order to
- Analyze résumé contents to determine the desirability of a job applicant.
- Don't overdo it on formatting. Unnecessary images, graphics, and logos will complicate the parsing process and make it difficult to evaluate your résumé.
- Don't make grammar mistakes. These will be misinterpreted by the parsing system and improperly evaluated.
- Submit your résumé once. The ATS will keep track of your application process, so don't spam an HR department with ten copies of your résumé.
- Try to get an employee referral. If an employee submits your résumé for you, the system will show it, and you'll be more likely to get a good look.