ATS Compliant Templates
best-practice ats compliant templates
All our resume templates are Applicant Tracking System (ATS) compliant – why? Most ATS convert Word and PDF files into .txt documents and therefore cannot effectively interpret data which is placed in columns, tables or text-boxes. If your resume is not a simple, one column document – it will usually be rejected. The majority of resume writing services are keen for your business and will, in most instances, offer double (or more) column documents incorporating graphics and tables. While these may appear aesthetically pleasing, they are not, in fact, compatible with ATS and will usually be discarded and not passed on for human intervention. The reality therefore is that despite your credentials and experience, if your resume document is not ATS compliant, you will not achieve an interview.
ATS Compliant Resume Templates
ATS FRIENDLY DOCUMENTS should never include COLUMNS, TABLES, TEXT-BOXES, GRAPHICS, GRAPHS, PHOTOGRAPHS OR OTHER VISUALS.
Non-ATS Compliant Resume Templates
why ats reject resumes
- The TEMPLATE – if it is more than one column and/or incorporates graphics and templates it will be rejected.
- KEYWORDS – if your resume does not incorporate the relevant keywords associated with the advertised position it will be rejected.
- GRAPHIC ELEMENTS – ATS convert resumes to .txt documents and cannot recognise or interpret graphic elements.
- FONTS – most ATS prefer san serif fonts such as Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, Verdana etc and will have difficulty with serif fonts such as Times New Roman, Cambria etc. Similarly, most ATS cannot effectively parse reversed text (white on dark or coloured backgrounds).
- TABLES – most ATS cannot effectively parse data placed in tables.
- FORMATTING – poor formatting can cause real issues with ATS such as lack of differentiation between position titles and organisation names.