I’ve complained about Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) for some time now. When I began my job search over a year ago, I had no idea that robots read you résumé. It’s true. Computers sift through your information looking for keywords before a human being ever lays eyes on it. They do this to save time and money, allegedly. And maybe it even does what it’s supposed to do.
But what these robots and algorithms lack is the ability to detect the nuances of someone’s experience and abilities. In simpler terms, they can’t tell if your unique combination of stuff will fit the job. At least, I think that is true.
Either way, it has become necessary that people move away from the old style of résumé you learned how to make in your Business Technology class in high school. Even that cool one you made in college that got you the internship might not apply anymore. It is all about keywords, bot-friendly fonts and layouts, and easily accessible info. It’s SEO on a smaller scale.
So, I ran across this cool infographic that I think explains the ins and outs of robot-ready résumés and outlines some simple steps to help yours stand out from the crowd. Check it out!