Aug 07, 2018 - 08:09 AM
Before recruiters see your professional document, an applicant tracking system reviews it. Many companies use an ATS to help dwindle down the number of candidates for each open position. The program scans resumes for keywords specific to the job.
Because of the ATS, you may need to start formatting your document a little differently. Now you have to think about the reader and the ATS. This means you want to avoid using pictures or graphics because they can confuse the ATS. You also need to include as many job-specific keywords as you can. To make it past the ATS, you may need to learn more about formatting.
If your document makes it past the ATS, it now lands on the desk of a recruiter or hiring manager. Even though the computer program has helped reduce the number of resumes for a position, the recruiter may still have to review dozens of applicants. For this reason, most recruiters spend roughly six seconds reading these important documents. That's why readability plays such a big role in landing a job.