15 ways to keep applicant tracking systems from rejecting your resume (free PDF)

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A few best practices will help ensure that your resume doesn’t get kicked out by screening software. This list offers guidelines to prevent needless rejection by applicant tracking systems.

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More than 98% of Fortune 500 companies use applicant tracking software to parse through resumes, according to a Jobscan report. So it’s essential to make sure your resume is formatted to advance through the system and make it to the hiring manager’s desk.

Target your resume to a specific role
Applicant tracking systems are built on the premise that a quality candidate will have a targeted, focused resume that includes relevant keywords found in the job posting. Candidates should look through the posting for important qualifications, skills, and experience and add applicable keywords to their resume.

Know where to include keywords
Place keywords throughout every section of your resume. When tailoring a resume for a specific job posting, it’s easiest to swap in keywords in the Key Competencies/Areas of Expertise section.

Avoid headers and footers, even for contact information
Some tracking systems can’t read content that appears in the header or footer of a Word document, so you should avoid putting your name or contact information in those sections.

Leave off titles after your name
Applicant tracking systems will often read post-nominal titles or abbreviations (such as Ph.D., RN, or CFP) as part of your name, which can cause issues in the program. Instead, place these qualifications into later sections, like Career Summary and Education.

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