Have you ever wondered what happens to your job application once you press the email 'Send' button? It would be nice to think that a recruiter or hiring manager is sitting at their desk eagerly awaiting your email, opening it up straight away and spending a good 30 minutes (with a nice hot cuppa) carefully reading through each and every detail of your resume. Wake up and smell the coffee people. If you're lucky, your email will get opened in about 48 hours but it probably won't be looked at in any detail unless you survive the first elimination round. And unfortunately, that first elimination round is controlled by a robot – that's the resume scanning software.
The most likely scenario is that an assistant or junior will send your file straight to their scanning software, where it will determine who makes it to Round 2. Your success in making it to Round 2 is be based purely on the words and format you use. You may be the most ideal candidate for the job, but if you don't make it through the software screening algorithym, you may as well not have bothered applying at all. With more and more Australian companies using resume scanning software to save time in screening through the slush pile of resumes, it's vital to a successful job search that you've prepared your resume in the correct format and style.
What is resume scanning software and ATS's?
Resume scanning software is used extensively in the US and is starting to become more popular with larger Australian companies. An Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is a software application that manages and stores a candidate's resume information and is the central location and database for recruitment activities. Companies have adopted this technology to better manage the huge volumes of applicants and candidate information and to save valuable time in their search for the right person. A human resources person or hiring manager will input certain requirements or words into the application that will then filter resumes based on these criteria. The software then scans your resume looking for this specific information and if your resume does not meet the... (continued)