Clients often ask,"tell me about Applicant Tracking Systems, do I need to change my resume to get through them?" The answer is yes, you do want to customize your resume to the job posting, not just for ATS systems but for the reader as well. A person, as well as a system will want to see that you have the skills and qualifications required for the position. The resource Jobscan is a great tool for understanding ATS systems and what percentage of key words you've matched with the job posting.
However, I like to think of a job search using the 80:20 rule for time spent networking versus applying for positions and tailoring your resume. My suggestion, instead of trying to beat the ATS system, try to seek out people at companies through your network who can tell you more about the company and the role than just the job posting.
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Tara Skredynski is a certified career coach focused on helping purpose driven women achieve their career goals.