When you apply for a job online, you are most likely
using a system known as ATS. In an effort to track,
review, and streamline all of the applications that
come into a company or organization, tracking
systems are used by Human Resources departments
to evaluate candidate résumés and cover letters.
The layout and formatting
included with pre-populated
résumé templates can cause
errors with the applicant
tracking system. Avoid using
stock résumé templates and
create your own résumé as
a regular Microsoft Word
document with simple
Use simple formatting in your résumé.
Resist the temptation to add a border or
shading the background of your résumé.
Create section headers such as “Summary
of Qualifications,” “Education,” “Related
Work Experience,” etc to signify where the
information is located on your résumé.
Incorporate bolded fonts to introduce a
section and/or add underlining.
ATS scores résumés based on keywords, which are as-
signed a value when qualifications and skills in the job
description are linked. Résumés that score the highest
are passed along to a recruiter or hiring manager for
and the right font
Choose a san serif font for your résumé for a crisp,
clean, easy to read look. Some of the most popular san
serif fonts include Calibri, Arial, and Tahoma.
Never place your contact information in
the header or footer. Doing so will cause
an error in the ATS system! Plus the
standard for a college student or recent
college graduate seeking full-time
employment is a one-page résumé.
Make sure you list the years or months;
semesters can’t be read and only exist
on college campuses. Make sure that
your dates are right justified.
Let your experience and
qualifications shine to
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networking, career fairs and preparing for interviews. Through it all, you need
to develop and tell the story of you. How you share that story matters.
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Gala Jackson, M.Ed. is a Millennial Expert & Career Management Consul-
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for millennials. Connect with Gala @interviewsnob and check
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