How do I make an ATS-compatible resume?
The easiest way to make your resume ATS compatible is to use one of our resume templates.
Since all of our templates are ATS-friendly, you’re not taking any risks submitting a resume you created with one of them. All of our templates are found here in JobHero’s Resume Builder.
Better yet, not only are the templates safer to use to pass ATS, they’ll save you time! That’s because they’re preformatted to take care of design elements such as fonts, margins, and columns!
Once you’ve selected a template, determine what keywords you should use to read the job description provided in the listing.
Pick out the keywords you see as the most important and the ones that best describe you!
One last tip: Avoid acronyms. Spell out acronyms on your resume at least once, in case the ATS is looking for a particular word and doesn’t understand the abbreviation.
What is the best resume template for ATS?
Resume templates are the easiest ways to create a resume. They are pre-made layouts that will save time and make organizing your resume simple. All you have to do is plug in the correct personal information into the right place.
JobHero features a library of resume templates and examples that are all ATS compatible. In particular, our professional resume templates and basic templates are the most straightforward and easy to read.
Easy-to-read is the name of the game with ATS. If you customize your template: Stay away from loud colors and graphics. Always select a template that will be easy to scan.
Are Microsoft Word resume templates ATS-friendly?
All of JobHero’s resume templates may be saved as a Microsoft word document, and they’re all ATS-friendly!
Saving your resume as a Word file will make your resume easy to scan and accepted by the ATS system. While PDF files are the best at preserving the design and format of your resume template, the most compatible file type with most ATS software is Microsoft Word.
If the employer does not specify which file types are compatible, submit your resume as a Word document in .DOC or .DOCX in addition to sending a PDF copy.
Can the ATS read a two-column resume?
Some ATS systems are not very sophisticated and confuse your text in the two columns and mix them together.
So, one-column resumes are easier to scan by the ATS. Two-column resumes make resume parsing far more difficult and more prone to errors. It’s not an inevitable conclusion, but it’s one that you might not want to risk!
Using a more straightforward format will make this easier for the machine to parse and differentiate key information. Single-column resumes are easier to make a clear delineation of the company, job title, dates employed, and responsibilities. However, newer versions of ATS can read both single- and multi-column resumes.
Can ATS read PDF?
Even though a .PDF is usually the most common file type people send their resumes in, it's not the most ATS-friendly file type. However, they’re often the preferred format most companies request because they always maintain the original formatting.
Using PDFs is a sharper image quality and better graphically designed resume that can be opened from anywhere. If you’re sending in your resume in a PDF format, make sure that the text can be highlighted with your cursor. This will let you know that the ATS system can read the text.
Remove any text that is in picture format since the ATS systems will not read any images.