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2/6/2020 at 5:55:01 PM GMT
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ATS Requirements
Hi. I'm a fairly new CPRW and I've been trying to understand ATS requirements and how I can best serve my clients. I know that newer systems are friendlier to formatting but from what I have read, you do want to avoid text boxes and additional formatting to ensure that the document is read by the system. However, there are all of these amazing writers using eye-catching resumes with designs and formatting that I would assume would be tough to get through. I've been using jobscan.co though some of the points seem off and I haven't trusted the results. What are your thoughts on ATS? How do you stay updated on technology?


2/19/2020 at 10:15:21 PM GMT
Posts: 1
Ms. Renk,
A very valid and appropriate talking point here. I haven't been pleased with the total accuracy of JobScan either. However, I believe it can serve as a basic litmus test for a document compared to a job posting at face value. I prefer practicing with phony applications for job postings. I'll test resumes with text boxes and shapes (items deemed decorative by most ATS) by "applying" for a job through Workday, Taleo, etc. and see what populates in the field requirements and what doesn't. This is a good indicator of what is and isn't being read.

Context is also key. Obviously, if I'm emailing my documents directly to a manager for their review, I know that I won't be playing with ATS. That's when I am more generous with visuals like text boxes. The more technically savvy will screenshot images and lay them over text (hiding the text which will be read by ATS) for the visual impact without losing ATS readability.

The most important thing is to stay connected with others and talk about what they are/aren't seeing in best practices. I hope this was helpful. :)
Myles


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