Does your Resume Pass the ATS Scanning & Keywords Test?


Many companies today use specialized software to scan resumes before they ever make it to a hiring manager’s desk. This software picks up on keywords to let the company know if the candidate would be a good fit for the position. Here are some quick tips to make sure your resume passes the test.

What are keywords and why are they important?

Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) is a computer software application used by many employers that speeds up the hiring process by ranking applicants based on the qualifications on specific resume keywords. These keywords are usually job titles, hard skills, and soft skills. Because each position has different requirements, keywords used will vary according to the applicant and the position they’re applying to.

Examples of keywords:

  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Flexible
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Strategic Planning
  • Project Management
  • CDL/Forklift Certifications


Finding the Right Keywords

One of the best ways to find appropriate keywords is to carefully read the description of the desired job. Add relevant keywords to the resume’s Skills and Employment/Work Experience sections. For example, if you are applying to a nursing position, and the job description notes a preference for candidates to have experience with electronic medical records, include “Experience with Electronic Medical Record” under Skills and a brief description of your experience in a relevant Employment listing.

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