How to Get Your CV Past An Applicant Tracking System

12 Tips to Get Your CV Past an Applicant Tracking System (ATS)

Tailor Your CV to the Job You’re Applying For

Only Apply to the Most Relevant Roles

Avoid Complex CV Formatting

  • Colours
  • Tables
  • Columns
  • Skills ratings graphs or star charts
  • Photos
  • Graphics
  • Funky fonts
If you want to get your CV past an applicant tracking system, this image shows all the formatting errors to avoid
CVs can look rather dull so it’s only natural to want to jazz them up a bit but boring is best for an ATS!

Use Keywords Wisely

Excerpt from a job advert with all the keywords circled that should appear in your CV
The keywords you should include in your CV if you want to be a good match for this job.

Incorporate a Skills Section or a Summary of Qualifications

Don’t Lie or Embellish Your Skills to Get Past an Applicant Tracking System

  1. The first sneaky tactic is to simply list all the keywords you think a hiring manager wants to see on your CV in tiny white text at the bottom of your document.
  2. The second is very similar to the above but requires less imagination: What you do is copy the entire job description and paste it in tiny white print at the bottom of the document.
Candidate applying for a job via mobile
Applicant tracking systems have made it easier than ever to apply for jobs online but are often criticised for being too stringent.

Don’t Worry About Length

Make Your CV Readable by Both Humans and Robots

A visual of all the most suitable CV fonts
The most suitable fonts to choose for a CV.

Always Include Dates of Employment

Be Consistent With Your Personal Brand

Use The Right File Type

Follow Up With a Phone Call

A Few Final Thoughts on How to Get Your CV Past An Applicant Tracking System

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Hi there! I’m Rachael, Marketing Manager at Adria Solutions Ltd. Read more about me here: https://www.adriasolutions.co.uk/blog

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Rachael. Adria Solutions

Rachael. Adria Solutions

Hi there! I’m Rachael, Marketing Manager at Adria Solutions Ltd. Read more about me here: https://www.adriasolutions.co.uk/blog

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