Post Date: April 20th, 2012

Is your resume being read…by a human?

Last week I had an excellent conversation with my Canadian colleague Daisy Wright. I am a big fan of Daisy’s because she is devoted to helping Canadian job seekers find the work they love.

Our discussion centred around a couple of points, one I want to share with you today.

Applicant Tracking Systems

Wikipedia describes ATS as “a software application that enables the electronic handling of recruitment needs… Nearly all major corporations use some form of applicant tracking system to handle job applications and to manage resume data.” Job seekers are facing these systems (often without knowing it) and finding it challenging to get past the initial screening.

As a job seeker, you need to understand how these systems operate in order to ensure you are screened-in to the hiring pool.

In June, I will be hosting Career Professionals of Canada’s (CPC) tele-networking call on this very topic. In the meantime, here are some interesting resources I have collected on the subject that may help you understand ATS better.

Resources discussing ATS (and use of keywords):

Related Categories: Online Marketing, Organizing your job search, Resume