By Celia Riguidel | Published on 22/12/2021

Recruiters are increasingly using software, called ATS, to screen applications. Making it easier for robots to read your CV will boost your chances of being selected!

ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) have revolutionized recruitment by facilitating the management of applications, sometimes received by the hundreds by HR teams. These software centralize them all in the same place and allow quick sorting to bring up the CVs most in line with their search criteria.

In many companies, robots therefore represent the first obstacle to be overcome by candidates. To get to the top of the pile, your CV must be understood by the tool’s parser. However, the expectations of a machine differ from those of a human! How to ensure the readability of your document and thus boost your chances of being recruited?

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Prefer a standard CV format

While recruiters are likely to appreciate a creative resume format, bots prefer a more classic structure. Very practical, graphic design tools like Canva do not guarantee that your document will be easily deciphered by recruitment software.

It is better to opt for an application dedicated to the art of the CV to put the odds on your side! HelloCV has been thought out and designed to help you create an optimized document in just a few clicks to appeal to both ATS… and recruiters!

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Fast, intuitive and free, this online CV generator guides you step by step in customizing your document. It’s up to you to determine the style, font and colors that best suit you. Accessible without registration, HelloCV offers you the possibility of downloading your document in PDF format (compatible with ATS), but also of distributing it directly in our CV library. A great way to increase your professional visibility with more than 20,000 recruiters on standby!

Use the most common job title

If you are a business developer but the company is looking for a B to B salesperson, be sure to include this title in your CV. In the case of an unsolicited application, choose the most common title to avoid falling through the cracks. Better still: take a look at the career site of the targeted company to find out what exact term is used internally.

Good to know: not all software will look for the female equivalent to the position described in the masculine in the ad!

Choose the right keywords

The ATS obviously does not read the documents in the same way as a recruiter. It will seek to match the keywords of a job description with those present on your CV. The higher the match level, the more likely your application will be considered!

If there is a difference, even minimal, the algorithm risks archiving your CV without qualms. The ideal is therefore to respect the terms used by the company to the letter. Admittedly, adapting each application is time-consuming, but the game is worth it if you are really interested in the position!

How to sum up your professional career in a job interview?

Go straight to the point

Like graphic design, your prose should be sober and concise. Short sentences, with a simple syntax, are highly recommended so as not to confuse the software analyzer.

Stick to facts and avoid convoluted turns of phrase. The recruiter will also appreciate an accessible and unadorned language!

Target your applications

Think throwing lots of bottles overboard will help you get a job interview? Be aware that this tactic will not pay off if the company has an ATS. The lack of qualifications will immediately put you at the back of the pack, regardless of your level of motivation. Even if your background is atypical, justify your application with arguments using the keywords of the coveted position. Be very consistent all the same because you will then have to develop these examples in front of the recruiter!

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