How To Craft an ATS-Compatible Resume

When searching for a job, it can seem like you are already working a full-time position. With all of the company research, networking and resume crafting the process can feel overwhelming. Even after all of the hard work you put in and endless job applications you submit, it’s likely to get no response. So what are you doing wrong?

It’s not that you are necessarily doing anything wrong, as there are many reasons your resume could have slipped through the cracks. There’s the volume of applicants, the competition and also the fact that many companies have turned to applicant tracking systems (ATS). 

An ATS is a software used during the hiring process to sort and rank job applicants automatically. This software can screen applicants, test them, check references and complete new hire paperwork. This has added a layer of complexity to crafting up a winning resume.

So in a world where 98% of Fortune 500 companies have turned to applicant tracking systems to weed out applicants, how can you optimize your resume? Check out this infographic from Resume-Now to figure out how to craft an ATS-compatible resume to get noticed by recruiters and employers.

Brian Farrell is a coach, helping clients achieve their personal and professional goals. He's also the creator of the "QA2 Method". For more about Brian, visit