Simple Do’s and Don’ts of Applying To Jobs Online
Applying to jobs online likely involves going through an ATS (applicant tracking system). To increase your success with the system, here are a few simple reminders about preparing your resume and following proper process.
Simple Do’s and Don’ts of Applicant Tracking Systems:
DO provide your application files (resume/cover letter) in the format requested. Almost all systems can read Word (.docx). Some may request or convert files into .txt, and others may be able to read PDF. Follow the instructions carefully.
❌ Do not include the descriptor “phone:” and “email:” in front of the phone number and email address you provide on your resume. These are space wasters that are not required.
❌ Do not list your credentials (MBA, CPA, etc.) right next to your name unless there is a separator or comma between details. Without a separation, these credentials can get merged into your name.
❌ Do not include skills you don’t possess on the resume as an attempt to “trick” the applicant tracking system into selecting you. (Remember, the resume will eventually be reviewed by a human).
Thank you to Career Professionals of Canada and BeaResumeWriter for sharing these insights and tips in various resources.