Applicant Tracking System

Nov 08, 2022

What is Applicant tracking system in the era of digitalization?

The pandemic has changed the world of work and has influenced almost all industries in some way or another. Time is of the essence when recruiting and in a competitive marketplace it’s important for companies to make their hiring practices more efficient. ATS allows employers to review more applications without having to go through them manually. They utilize a software known as an “Applicant Tracking System “(ATS) that simplifies and expedites the recruiting process. It also manages ads on multiple job sites and records a database of new clients.


How do ATS scanners work?

This hiring software is designed with automated intelligence created with algorithms and key words. These systems are designed to search for key words on the document and then decides how closely the resume matches the job description. In other words, it scans the resume and cover letter and provides a shortlist of candidates for the employer for next steps.


What are some of the most common ATS used by companies?

  • Taleo
  • Recruitee
  • Jobvite Hire
  • Kenexa – Brassring
  • iCIMS
  • ADP Workforce
  • SAP- Successfactors
  • PeopleFluent
  • Silkroad Recruiting
  • PeopleSoft
  • WorkDay
  • CATS
  • Lever
  • HRSmart
  • JobScore

How to identify if a company is using ATS or not?


How to create an ATS friendly resume so you don’t get screened out automatically?

  • Use common font styles like Times Roman, Ariel or Calibri
  • Font size should be 11-12 for text and 14-16 for headings/sections
  • Avoid any kind of patterns, designs, templates
  • Avoid italics, underlines, shadows and symbols
  • Can use bullets but only standard ones like a circle or square
  • Ensure your resume contains many of the keywords that are reflected in the job posting


Contact an Employment Specialist at Centre for Skills Development today to review your resume for free, making sure it is ATS ready: