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ATS compliant Resume.

Receiving an interview invitation call is a goal shared by all job applicants, and we tend to fantasize and remain anxious about it from the moment we click the submit button on our applications. It’s the same for you, correct? However, this does not always occur. You may be qualified, or even overqualified; this does occur. How do we know this? You sometimes make follow-up calls, and we sift through hundreds of applications to determine how overqualified you are. You may be wondering what the secret is. It all comes down to the way your offer is packaged. If you wish to be hired in March and the months ahead, you must first understand and optimize your resume for the Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

An applicant tracking system (ATS) is a type of software application that automates the process of recruiting and hiring.The (ATS) begins by creating a job posting for a business which is shared on websites and job boards. It denotes distinct sections on a resume, such as languages, skills, and more. Following that, the ATS searches for specific qualifications and keywords.

The majority of businesses and recruiters are now using an applicant tracking system (ATS), but only about 30% of resumes make it through to be seen by a human/recruiter. If you want to land that job, you need to be one of the 30% who make it through.

Kenya’s economy is improving; the majority of organizations have reopened following closures due to the Corona virus pandemic, with a sole focus on profit, and they are hiring again. This is an excellent time to be job hunting, as opportunities are increasing; don’t delay, submit your applications now. Let us now get down to the day’s business.

Here are our tips for nailing your resume:

1 Prioritise relevance

Your resume should place a greater emphasis on your most relevant skills, experience, and passion for the job you’re applying for; this is what recruiters are looking for. Do not include previous role metrics that do not apply on the current one. Rather than that, rearrange the bullet points under each previous role to emphasize the most pertinent experience and metrics for the job for which you’re applying.

2. Apply only to roles you’re qualified for.

To ensure that your application makes it through the system and into the eyes of recruiters, ensure that you are truly qualified and that you meet at least the minimum requirements. This does not mean that you must meet every single job requirement on the list; only the most fundamental and critical ones. For instance, some applicant tracking systems may not recommend your application to a recruiter if the job requires at least five years of experience and you only have two. Occasionally, a lack of core skills required to perform a job will automatically disqualify your application. You should apply to positions best fit for.

3. Avoid excessive fancy formatting/designs.

Avoid excessive formatting and the use of incompatible templates . Occasionally, the ATS will overlook some of these. What then should you use? To be safe, a simple word or pdf document should suffice to package your offer for the hiring team.

Additionally, while including your LinkedIn page in your contact information is beneficial, the best practice is to type the full address rather than hyperlinking the word “LinkedIn.” Occasionally, the ATS will disable the hyperlink, making it more difficult for the hiring team to locate you. To photograph or not to photograph?

4.Utilize the proper resume format

You must select the correct resume format. The ATS supports the reverse-chronological format best. It highlights your work experience at the top of the page. Following that, it will rank your experiences in order of importance. Employers and recruiters enjoy a high level of familiarity with this format. The reverse-chronological format almost always works flawlessly.

5. Individualize each application.

When applying for any position, always assume the organization makes use of an applicant tracking system (ATS). While you may have a generic resume, we recommend that you read the job description, highlight all relevant keywords, and work on your resume until you can incorporate nearly all of them. Your customized resume will typically stand out more and rank higher on the applicant tracking system (ATS) for that specific role than a generic resume will

Numerous people apply to over 50 jobs and never hear back. Instead of submitting numerous applications with the same resume, prioritize quality. Customise each application to make it stand out to the ATS.

We hope this piece will be beneficial,Thank you for reading!





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HIRING BETTER? Try The Applicant Tracking System

Your business is reopening after shutting down in the pandemic. Good news! Your boss wants to hire a new work force in addition to the existing one. Good news too. 

The major challenge you are facing is that you have less staff members in the recruiting team. This is making you to experience difficulties in managing the recruitment workflow. You know the success of the recruitment process is not guaranteed and this in turn is frustrating to you. 

Could this then, be the right time to advise your company to invest in an applicant tracking system? Applicant tracking system are tools used in gathering and organizing candidates’ information hence helping recruiters to focus only on the profiles that best match the job requirements. 

So, why is ATS an important tool to you as a hiring manager? 

It Will Save You Time 

ATS will save you a lot of manual work. CV’s submitted will automatically be imported into your software. The artificial intelligence in these softwares also shows you percentage of qualification a candidate has hence helping you spend more time productively on only qualified candidates. 
 
Once integrated, the ATS will also help you to automatically post your job postings to different job boards you may be working with. 

It Will Make You More Organized 

Keeping an eye on a team of more than 5 is not an easy thing. The ATS helps to delegate tasks and prevents micro management. 

Team members in your hiring team will be able to view and track incoming applications by themselves. This accessibility by team members will ensure no particular member is overwhelmed, no hurrying up the process and hence increasing the chances of keeping data organized. 

The ATS will also help you create a standard in your recruitment process. As it standardizes candidate data in different categories like skills, locations and educational qualifications; it keeps the same data for all candidates. 

It Will Lead To Increased Collaboration 

Through the ATS also, you will be able to carry out different stages of your recruitment cycle in one place. 

 While you can post to several job boards, you can also facilitate communication with candidates from the same platform. The ATS has features that allow your team to share feedback among itself hence promoting collaborative hiring.  

This therefore means that there will be proper decision-making process among individuals as a result of team work. 

It Will Help You Match Right Candidates To Jobs 

The ATS will help you identify candidates in accordance to the job descriptions given. 

By matching quality keywords in respect to the industry and positions advertised, unqualified candidates will be screened out leaving you with the near qualified ones. Matching the job with the right candidate is the job. If done well, then it will positively impact your employee retention rate. 

You Will Become Strategic to Your Company 

While candidates come for job interviews, they have feelings and how you treat them could ruin or grow your brand.  

Through job posts, application forms, career pages, email communications a lot goes on in this journey and at the same time the journey is viewed by many stakeholders. These people could be your bosses, fellow managers, workmates and even your own team. Successfully managing these people will put you in a strategic position in the company.  

Having a modern recruitment process that is engaging clearly has value to both your company and the candidates. This has a direct repute to the company and your career.  

ATS, as seen in the above points will help you perform better in your selection process. It will help you manage, organize your team and deliver overall improved hiring results. At Gap Recruitment services we consider ourselves an extension of your hiring department. Therefore, we would like to be part of your business growth through end-to-end recruitment, training and general HR consultancy. Write to us on inquiry@gaprecruitment.co.ke or call us on +254 715 155 512. Goodluck!