How to Hack ATS with your Resume in 4 Steps?

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Have you applied for numerous job opportunities but haven’t received any responses? Maybe applicant tracking software (ATS) is blocking your path, but worry not. In today’s podcast, I will guide you on how to hack ATS so that you can increase your chances of being noticed by the companies you apply to. Let’s dive in.

Hello, everyone. My name is Sachin Sharma. With over 10 years of experience in the product management role and having mentored over 1,000 aspiring product managers, I’m here today to help and guide you by sharing these fundamental yet magical ideas to make your online job applications stand out from the crowd. Get ready with your notebook and pen to jot down these powerful ideas.

ATS or application tracking software is a modern technology used by companies to scan incoming resumes before they are physically reviewed by humans. How does it work? ATS weeds out applications based on parameters such as keywords, resume design, layout, length, and even graphical elements or symbols. Employers can select the criteria they find important. As a result, around 90% to 95% of applications get rejected by ATS.

To improve your chances, follow these four simple hacks I’ve learned over time to bypass ATS and reduce the likelihood of your application being rejected.

  1. Compare the Job Description: Compare the job description provided by the employer with your resume. Don’t do this manually; there are various online resume matching tools available, such as ResumeValidate and JobScan. Google “resume match” to find a list of tools. Many of these tools are free, and some are paid. Choose one that suits your needs. Ensure that your tailored resume has at least a 75% to 85% match with the job description. This range is considered a good match.
  2. Keep Updating Your Resume: Keep comparing and updating your resume until it achieves a 75% to 85% match with the job description. The higher this percentage, the better your chances. Once your resume reaches the desired match score, use it to apply for the job opportunity.

The key takeaway here is to prioritize quality over quantity. While this approach may seem time-consuming, it is far more effective than sending out countless applications with a single generic resume. If you’re applying to 100 companies with the same resume and not receiving callbacks, you’re wasting your time. Instead, focus on personalized resumes for a select few companies with a high likelihood of getting noticed.

Use your time wisely, and remember that quality applications yield better results than quantity.

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