This is a question I have been getting quite a bit lately and I decided to do some research. It comes down to the fact that companies are adopting software known by the generic name “Applicant Tracking Systems” or ATS. Companies simply do not have the manpower to go through all the job applications they are receiving. This, naturally, complicates the life of the job applicant.
Whether you are copying and pasting requested information or your entire resume into a site, the formatting used in your original documents may be incompatible with the company’s software. Then you don’t even make it to first base when you send off your information. If you are having this problem and need to strip your documents/resume of formatting, click on the tab above labeled Plain Text ASCII. This explains what plain text is, why we use it, and how to create a plain text copy of your work.
I have found two articles that give additional tips in dealing with ATS. Just click on the titles if you would like to look at them. The first is “The Automated Applicant Tracking System – AKA: The Resume Black Hole” by Samantha Greenfield from the Northern Virginia Daily. “Pass the Applicant Tracking Systems by Tweaking Your Resume” from the blog Browse Local Jobs is the second.
If this helps or you have suggestions based on your own job search, could you leave a comment below? You could save other people a certain amount of frustration in dealing with this entire process. Thank you and good luck.