What is ATS?
An Applicant Tracking System is software companies use to filter applicant resumes by their relevance. It's the first barrier you need to pass through before your resume lands on a recruiter's hands.
Why is ATS used?
Too many people often apply for the same position, many without the required skills or experience. Others may have the skills and experience, but their resumes do not reflect the fact. Due to the overwhelming number of job applications recruiters receive, companies have started using ATS to make a hiring process easier.
How does ATS work?
An ATS compares the skills and keywords indicated by the employer in the job description to the skills and phrases found in the resume. Then it ranks each candidate based on the calculated relevance. The problem for a job seeker is that most irrelevant resumes are rejected without even a glance from an actual human being. A recruiter examines only those resumes to which the ATS assigns the highest scores.