How to beat an applicant tracking system (ATS)

Updated: Apr 20

Optimising your CV for ATS is an important part of job searching in the 21st century. Without paying attention to formatting. keywords and other ATS-friendly elements, qualified and experienced candidates can slip through the net. An applicant tracking system (ATS) is a human resources (HR) software that acts as a database for job applicants. ATS are used by companies of all sizes to organise, search, and communicate with large groups of applicants. It's estimated that 99% of Fortune 500 companies use an ATS as part of their recruiting strategy. The market size of applicant tracking system companies is reportedly in the 350 range, though many of them have only a few hundred clients. The most common ATS are Workday, Taleo Recruiting, iCIMS Talent Platform, SAP SuccessFactors, Jobvite, Greenhouse, Bullhorn, LinkedIn Recruiter, Lever and Recruiterbox. Here are some tips on how to beat applicant tracking systems:

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