Aug 11, 2018 - 03:39 AM
The ATS skims all the resumes received to check for specific keywords and qualifications. If a document gets a low score, it's sent to the reject pile. Only the resumes that make it past the ATS will get read by the hiring manager.
Even these so-called winners may not get a thorough reading. The recruiter is often left with dozens of applications after the ATS does its thing. For this reason, he or she has to skim through the documents first. This initial skimming may last as few as six seconds before the manager decides whether the candidate has potential or not.
If you want your resume to get read, you need to ensure it makes it past the ATS and the initial quick read through. You can do this by incorporating easy-to-read elements, such as short paragraphs, bulleted lists, and section headings. Always include industry- and job-specific keywords when possible.