The status of the job market has lead to an increase in job applications for companies both big and small. Many of these companies have found that using applicant-tracking systems help them to sift through what can sometimes be millions of applications. These tracking systems use keywords to search through resumés in order to determine who has the necessary qualifications, skills and experience. Companies often look for past employer information and details about the applicant’s schooling. Afterward the system compiles a list of the candidates who fit their company’s employment criteria. However, the system does not always find the best matches if the person’s résumé is not filled with keywords.
One way to increase your chances of making it past the screening process is to include the name of the position that you are applying for. Also it is good to include any words that are related to the position. For example if you are applying for a job as an office assistant, include the words “office” and “assist.” Another good tip is to keep the formatting on your resumé simple and succinct. This will keep your application relevant and increase its chances of being reviewed.
Read more at The Wall Street Journal.