Applicant Tracking Systems

Applicant Tracking SystemsA lot of folks don't believe me when I tell them this, but...

Did you know -- when you apply for a job online, many companies use software robots that scan through your application, cover letter, resume, etc. and look for certain job-related keywords?

If your resume doesn't match what it's looking for, it gets tossed.

Personally, I think this is stupid.

Employers spend tens of thousands of dollars on their recruitment campaigns, and they pull their hair out in frustration when they struggle to attract the caliber of candidate they're desperate to find.

And unbeknownst to them, their dream candidates are being rejected by dumb HR robot gatekeepers. You couldn't make it up!

(In "the industry", they call these robots Applicant Tracking Systems. Maybe Applicant Trashing System would be more appropriate...)


Regardless of what you or I think, when you're applying for a job online this is the first hurdle you need to clear -- before your resume gets scanned by a real human being, and before you get the interview.

This has been going on for a while actually, so if you've been banging your head against the wall wondering why nobody's responding to your online job applications, this could be the reason. You might want to check it out.

Similarly, when you apply for jobs "the old way", companies often use applicant trashing tracking software to screen candidates. Hiring managers are given abbreviated reports based on how a robot perceives your resume and cover letter. They often won't even see your resume.

For this reason, it's a good idea for you to see one of these same reports, based on your own resume, so that you can get some idea of how robot HR gatekeepers (and even hiring managers) see and judge you.

I know of a tool that can do exactly that -- and it's free of charge.

It's called Top Resume.

Here's how it works:

You upload your resume, and then this tool scans it using the exact same algorithm that applicant tracking systems use to screen and summarize your resume. You'll be given a report that shows what your "profile" looks like to robot HR gatekeepers, hiring managers, etc.

You can then get a sense of what you might want to change and adapt in order to optimize your "profile" -- and your chances of being selected when you apply for jobs that use these kinds of screening systems.

Here’s where to go: Top Resume

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.