If your resume can't get past the ATS, it won't even see the light of day. What's an ATS, you ask?

What's an Applicant Tracking System (ATS)?

An applicant tracking system, or ATS, is a software application that companies use to pre-sort incoming resumes before they ever reach the desks of recruiters and hiring managers.

How to Get Your Resume Past an ATS

There are many, many different tracking systems out there. While companies of all shapes and sizes use slightly different systems they all serve the same purpose – remove irrelevant applications to "sift" the pile for recruiters and hiring managers. No matter the ATS, you need to stick to a few core guidelines.

Good news for you, your resume was designed with ATS in mind! This "flat version" resume allows you to both get you past an ATS and get you noticed by recruiters!

Still, the best way to ensure your chances at getting your resume into a human's hands is to optimize and test your resume for ATS using a scanner before submitting.

To do that, you can use jobscan.co. This free tool allows you to copy and paste your resume alongside the real job description. Once analyzed, you'll receive a score along with recommended changes (if applicable).

How to Test Your Resume Using Jobscan.co

  1. Sign up for a free jobscan.co account
  2. Integrate keywords form the job posting into natural places on your resume
  3. Run a scan
  4. Make any targeted adjustments necessary
  5. Rescan

Skip testing your resume for the ATS and your resume may never even see the light of day. Take the easy extra step to run a few scans, fine-tune your resume to line up more closely with the job posting and you'll get more interview calls.


  1. Use your resume and the practice job (from the previous resume assignment) and run a scan.
  2. Make targeted adjustments and scan again.
  3. Share your results with your Student Success Mentor.

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