What do you know about Applicant Tracking System?
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 11:58:01 AM

Have you ever given weightage to your resume? If not, it’s time to give it a serious thought. Your resume may not see the daylight of fruition if it lacks important keywords. Wondering? It’s true as the recruitment process is heading to the era of the applicant tracking system.

An introduction to Applicant Tracking System

Application Tracking System (ATS) is a kind of software application that takes care of the entire recruitment process mainly by sorting through several resumes and identifying the candidates fitting for a specific position. It’s very similar to the traditional recruitment process wherein recruiting professionals glance through resumes and look for the appropriate criteria. However, the major difference is that unlike human recruiters who reject CVs based on the factors like lack of relevant skills, spelling mistakes, and so on, ATS sorts resumes based on keywords.

Benefits of using ATS

No doubt, ATS empowers recruiters to save their valuable time and effort and become more organized. Without it, recruiters would have to slog through sorting resumes, checking emails, and filing as well as shredding paper. Further, ATS helps employers monitor the recruitment process and contact applicants directly.  Its use has already gained popularity in big corporate. Now, small companies are also slowly but steadily counting upon it. By using it, employers can easily organize all details about prospective candidates.

The function of ATS

When a candidate submits his/her CV through ATS, it saves the resume in the database. Recruiters then look for the keywords related to a particular position. If your CV has the keyword, ATS will rank your CV higher in search results. Usually, some common keywords recruiters use while searching on ATS. These include skills, experience, and qualification. Therefore, if you submit your CV long time back and have not yet received any response, there is still a possibility to get a response even in the future when ATS will pick up your CV as a suitable match for a particular profile.

Social media and ATS

Since long, networking has been an essential part of recruitment, especially to job seekers. With the advent of the social media, it has got a new lease of life. Social recruiting software usually crawls the web using some specific sets of keywords. Therefore, candidates having social media profiles should include some basic details, like skills, qualification, and work experience. It will ultimately help the social recruiting software locate you.

Search engine optimization

The process through which candidates customize their CVs to get them picked up by ATS is quite similar to the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) process. Therefore, it is important for job seekers to include the keywords to be used by ATS and recruiters in their resumes. It will enhance their scope to be picked by ATS, leading them to land for an interview. Therefore, you should do some research by going through relevant job descriptions, picking up necessary keywords, and using them in your resume.

The following are some examples of the use of job-specific keywords.

Job Type: Manager at restaurant

Keywords: Hotel Restaurant, Hospitality, Restaurant Manager

Job Type: Content Writer

Keywords: Research, Writing, Editing, Proofreading

No doubt, ATS streamlines the recruitment process, thereby shortening the time required to find out appropriate candidates, contact them, and arrange interviews. In today’s time, when the war for talent has raised its ugly head and talent management as well as HR has become an important part of the business process, the system like ATS is indeed a great help for recruitment professionals.