Recently I have seen so many posts regarding how applicant tracking systems deal with peoples ‘Resumes’. There are a lot of discussions which are advising applicants that an ATS system reads your resume and makes a decision on your qualifications etc, leading the applicants that are reading these posts to believe that they may be getting screened out automatically i.e. without human intervention.
I totally understand that automated screening can play a part in online applications, but this is achieved by using screening questions i.e. ‘Do you have the following qualifications’ rather that a system reading your CV or Resume. In 12 years in rec technology im yet to see a system that makes a decision on a recruiters behalf based on cv and resume scan (yes I know they can parse out key words for searching later, but this isnt really the point here)
I cant think of an organisation that would want their recruitment technology to do this, even with bulk application roles as these can easily be ranked by core screening questions. Not to mention the gaping compliance issue of having a computer program making a resume assessment.
So candidates, my best advise is to ensure your CV / Resume is up to date, includes relevant information, skills and qualifications and then relax about this application scaremongering – Applicant tracking systems are really there to assist the recruiter, not do their job!