Are ATSs ignoring your resume?

Wondering what your resume looks like to an ATS? Try our new “See How ATSs Parse Your Resume” feature.

Want to see jobs outside of your chosen role? We’ve added roles & specialties to the filters on job search.

These are the two new products we’re announcing this morning that will improve your job search.

When your resume is submitted to a company as part of an application, the company’s Applicant Tracking System (ATS), well, tracks your application.  

It also converts your resume into something that is easier for machines to read.  It strips out all the formatting, all of the colors, all of the indents – basically reducing it to just the text.

That way it can more easily understand what your past experiences have been, which allows it to provide a better search experience for the recruiters and hiring managers using the ATS. It also makes categorization and suggestions easier.

While your submitted resume will likely be seen by human eyes in its original format, this stripped-down version is the accurate version of you, as far as the computer is concerned.

The specifics of how ATSs go about parsing your resume are quite technical, but I’ve spoken with the experts in the past and written up their insights and advice for you previously.

I’ve done a long interview with the CEOs and technical experts at the world’s five leading resume parsing companies.

And I’ve interviewed the CEOs of the top ATSs directly, here, here, here, here and here.

Their recommendations are to keep it simple.  No two-column format, no clever design, nothing surprising in the structure of your resume.  Let your achievements and accomplishments do the talking.


Our Preview feature lets you see how a typical resume parser converts your resume into a text-based file.

Some of the surprising things you’ll find about parsers include:

– They mangle columns badly

– Your fancy formatting confuses them and may lead to mistakes

– Keeping it simple really does help

So use our new feature and see how ATSs parse your resume today.

The second feature we’re announcing today is expanded role and specialty search on job search.

After you start a search at the top of the jobs page, the filter column appears on the left.

Scroll down and you’ll find all of our roles available for your search:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Engineering & Construction
  • Healthcare
  • HR & Legal
  • Marketing, Media & Design
  • Operations & General Management
  • Project & Program Management
  • Sales & Business Development
  • Science & Education
  • Technology

You can select one or more roles, and the specialties within each role will appear for you to conduct further detailed searches.

And don’t worry, using these search options will not change the job preferences you’ve saved in your account.