How do I make sure my resume is ATS-compliant?

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Here are some guidelines you should follow to ensure your resume gets correctly scanned by all applicant tracking systems.

Use standard section titles: Label your work experience and education sections with conventional section titles. For example, use “Professional Experience” instead of “My career in a nutshell”.

Use standard fonts: Some newer fonts convert letters to special characters which often get scanned incorrectly by ATS. Where possible, stick to a standard font (Garamond, Arial, Calibri) where possible.

Single-column layouts: Modern ATS are better at scanning multi-column layout but there are several ATS that fail at reading multi-column resumes in the way you’d expect it to.

No tables: Tables rarely get parsed correctly. Use tabs and right/left aligns to structure your resume instead.

No scanned documents, pictures or diagrams: Your resume’s text must be highlightable and readable. Avoid using images or diagrams in your resume – this includes pie charts and graphs too!

The importance of resume keywords #

If you’re reading until this point, you’ve understood how to make your resume readable and scanned correctly by applicant tracking systems, or ATS. This is a great start – well done!

However, you’re not done yet. You need to now make sure these resume scanners actually rank your resume highly. Let’s back up for a bit.

If you recall at the start of this page, we discussed that companies use ATS to filter down the number of applicants they receive. They filter resumes by looking for keywords that match the job description. Fortunately for you, our resume keyword scanner helps you identify the right keywords to include on your resume. This tool helps you test your resume against a specific job description, enabling you to optimize for that posting (and of course, dramatically increase your success rate). #