CV Writing, Job Search

ATS – what is it & who uses it?

What is ATS? And who uses it? Who should now about it?

Well, if you have been involved in a job search in the past several years, you must have heard the term ATS.

Professional CV writers and those who want to present themselves in such a way often use this term to win over customers. They say they provide ATS optimized CVs. But do you know what is ATS and who uses it?

First thing’s firstATS is not a simple CV scanning software - it's so much more!

First of all, let’s clear up one thing – ATS is not a software a recruiter uses to scan your CV.

ATS stands for Applicant Tracking System and it is much more complex than a simple “CV scanner”.

The ATS manages the job posts, allows the recruiters to post it to multiple job boards at the same time, tracks all applicants, saves their CVs, scans and ranks CV stock according to keywords, and offers an overview of the calendar and scheduled interviews.

It also provides tickets for applicants and recruiters can write notes, change the status of an application, email them through the software, etc.

To sum up, ATS makes recruiters’ lives easier and it keeps job applications nice and organized!

Who uses ATS?Many companies rely on ATS.

Companies all over the world use it, big and small, for any role they advertise.

It saves them time and streamlines the process. Instead of one person going through hundreds of CVs, they simply run it through the application.

The ones that match the job posting most are the chosen ones and the CV owner gets a chance. The recruiter or a hiring manager looks at their CV and, if everything looks ok, they give them a call. It’s as simple as that.

Of course, we are not suggesting that every single company out there uses the application for every single opening they have! There are always exceptions, but the fact is – more and more companies rely on computers.

Writing an ATS optimized CV is possible, you just need to try harder.How to write an ATS optimized CV?

Now, when we say that Linking Lines’ CVs are “ATS optimized”, by that we mean that we can help you outsmart the software. If you know how and if you have time, it’s fairly easy to do so. You basically need to have enough time to do proper research and a desire to compile the information into a presentable document.

The most basic steps you need to cover if you want to create an ATS optimized CV are:

  1. Keep the format simple – no need for photographs, icons, tables, or symbols
  2. Watch the style – avoid having multiple fonts, colours, and capitalisation
  3. Target your CV – if possible, opt for a particular job position. If not, it can also work if you opt for a field or an area.
  4. Do your research on keywords – check multiple job descriptions and job ads and single out those keywords that are repeated.
  5. Show off your skills and experience (but don’t lie!) – highlight the most important and the most relevant skills and experience.


These are the first things you have to keep in mind if you’d like to pass the scanning. It can take a long time to do all of this, and it can be a cumbersome process, but if you put in the effort, it will pay off!

What if I’m not getting results?

Well, you can submit your CV for a free review right here. We offer free advice.

Next, we suggest getting our CV writing guide through our page or as an ebook.

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