Most tech-savvy job seekers know at least a little bit about Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). But does “knowing” really help you?
A growing trend, ATS help employers manage large numbers of applications. One piece of that process involves parsing the résumé so that it can be run through various filters. With an average 75% fail rate, there is a good chance any given résumé could be rejected. This means your résumé might be dropped without any human even seeing it.
There are a lot of resources online to help job seekers craft the perfect “ATS-proof” résumé. Much of this advice relates to keywords and proper résumé formatting. There are even software programs that can help protect the résumé design while layering the text separately. This makes the document both “ATS-friendly” and appealing to human eyes.
But even after optimizing the résumé with formatting and software, job seekers still have the hurdle of finding the perfectly matching job. The problem remains that whether the an ATS or an online job board parses a résumé , successful matching between job description and résumé relies heavily on keyword search. And keyword searching on résumés is just problematic. We’ve detailed the keyword search problem at length.
In a nutshell, keyword searching on résumés is ineffective for the following reasons:
- The way in which many skills are described is inconsistent at best
- Job titles are highly over-generalized.
- A résumé is just a summary of skills. Niche skills employers are looking for could easily have been omitted from the résumés of qualified candidates in the interest of keeping the document neat and concise.
ITJobMatch helps employers find you
Knowing about Applicant Tracking Systems may not be enough for job seekers to really be matched to the perfect job. However, one alternative approach to matching job seeker skills to required skills is built into ITJobMatch.com.
Using our power skill matching engine, which does not rely on keyword search, job seekers and employers can choose the specific skills they have or require. Just by completing an ITJobMatch.com profile, job seekers are instantly matched to jobs that require the exact skills they possess.
Our approach to skill matching removes the obstacles of keyword search and allows our users to do something that no other job board—or ATS—can accomplish. With ITJobMatch.com you start your search at the short list.