This infographic from the Wall Street Journal shows us exactly what happens after your résumé is submitted the old-school way (through a job board, the organisation’s career site, etc.) And the picture isn’t pretty…

  • Just 1 in 10 job seekers complete the application process correctly
  • Only 25% of the 100 resumes considered will make it past the Applicant Track System (ATS)
  • 4 to 6 applicants will be invited to an initial interview (usually a phone or video interview)
  • 1 to 3 applicants, out of the initial 1,000 that saw this opportunity online, are invited to a face-to-face interview


ATS and job applications

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You can incorporate keywords naturally by including them in your achievements, for example, ‘I used my time management skills to plan a successful annual conference with a strict budget in a short time frame’. It’s also important to avoid unusual job titles. “Even if your official job title is unconventional, use an industry-standard title in your resume so it will be recognised by an applicant tracking system,” says Nick Deligiannis, Managing Director of Hays in Australia and New Zealand. It’s better to use Receptionist instead of Director of First Impressions.

Also, make sure your resume is in the accepted or required file format, like Word document or PDF, not in JPEG format, Deligiannis says. “An alternative style might not contain the content that the algorithms recognise, meaning your application could fail to make the shortlist,” he says.


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80% of companies in Australia use Applicant Tracking Systems to search for qualified candidates from large job applicant pools.

ATS help employers by analysing resumes and CVs, identifying those whose content matches given sets of keywords, and weeding out those who don’t rank highly. But ATS hasn’t been so great for jobseekers. Until now.

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(updated 2021)

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