ATS-Friendly Design

At Rolan Resumes, we design all of our resume templates to be ATS-friendly. You may be wondering, what exactly does this mean? Below, we will take a deep dive into what ATS-friendly means, how we approach and design our templates to be ATS-friendly, and how this relates to your resumes and job applications.

What is ATS?

ATS stands for Applicant Tracking System, a software used by employers to manage the hiring process. ATS systems help recruiters filter and rank candidates based on their resumes by scanning and parsing them for relevant information.

How Does ATS Work?

An ATS scans resumes and extracts information (parsing)  such as work experience, education, skills, and contact details. It then categorizes and stores this information in a database. Recruiters can search and filter through these resumes using specific keywords and criteria. The system ranks candidates based on their match with the job description.

What Type Of Companies Use It?

While not all companies use ATS, many do, particularly larger organizations and those receiving a high volume of applications. Small businesses and some niche industries might not use ATS, relying instead on manual review processes.

Our Templates Are Designed To Be ATS-Friendly

At Rolan Resumes, our templates are designed with ATS compatibility in mind. However, it’s important to note that 100% compatibility with all ATS systems and cannot be guaranteed. This is because different ATS systems have different parsing algorithms, and even the best-designed templates may be misinterpreted, misordered, or miss information.

Why 100% Compatibility Is Typically Not Necessary
  1. Not All Companies Use ATS: As mentioned, some companies do not use ATS, meaning your resume will be manually reviewed.
  2. Most ATS Focuses on Keywords: Even if an ATS doesn’t parse a resume perfectly, as long as it can identify key information and relevant keywords, it would still highlight the application to recruiters.
  3. Human Review: Ultimately, the resume will likely be reviewed by a human, especially if it passes the initial ATS screening.
How We Design Our Templates To Be ATS-Friendly
  • Standard Section Headings: Our templates use common section headings like “Work Experience,” “Education,”  and “Skills,” to help ATS systems easily identify and categorize information.
  • Simple Layout and Standard Font: We stick to clean, simple layouts and our standard font. This helps ensure that ATS systems can easily read the resume without being tripped up by elaborate formatting.
  • Encourage Use of Keywords: Our templates are designed to make it easy for you to tailor your resume with relevant keywords from the job description, increasing the chances of matching the ATS criteria.
  • Standard PDF File Format: Our templates can only be exported in the common PDF file format to help ensure compatibility with different ATS systems.
  • Prominent Contact Information: Our templates prominently display contact information (name, phone number, email address) at/near the top of the resume for easier identification by the ATS.
  • Reduced Special Characters: We aim to avoid the use of special characters, symbols, or unusual formatting that may not be recognized by ATS systems and could cause parsing errors.
  • Standard Section Order: Our templates follow a standard order for resume sections (e.g., Contact Information, Summary, Work Experience, Education, Skills) to help ensure consistency and ease of parsing by ATS systems.
  • Optimized File Size: We design our template files to be smaller in size by minimising unnecessary formatting to help ensure quick upload and processing by ATS systems.
  • Standard Section Titles: We use standard section titles such as “Work Experience” instead of creative variations to help the ATS easily identify and categorize information.
  • Legible Font Size: We use a legible font size on our templates to improve readability and avoid issues with text recognition by ATS systems.
  • Consistent Format: We apply a consistent format throughout our resume templates, including bullet points, styles, and alignment to help ensure easy parsing by ATS systems.
  • Standard Date Formats: When listing dates for work experience and education, we use standard date formats to help ensure consistency and easy parsing by ATS systems.
  • Summary Section: We include a brief summary section at the beginning of the resume so you can provide an overview of key qualifications and skills, aiming to make it easier for ATS systems to identify relevant information.
  • Bulleted Lists: We presenting information in bulleted lists rather than solely in paragraphs to help improve readability and make it easier for ATS systems to parse and extract key details.
  • Dedicated Skills Section: Our templates contain a dedicated skills section allowing you to list relevant technical skills, software proficiencies, languages, and certifications to help ensure they are easily identified by ATS systems.
Bottom Line

At Rolan Resumes, our commitment to designing ATS-friendly templates helps ensure  that your resume has a higher chance of being correctly parsed and ranked by ATS systems, increasing your visibility to recruiters. While 100% compatibility cannot be guaranteed due to the varied nature of ATS algorithms, our templates adhere to best practices that help maximize your chances of success in the job application process.

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Legal Disclaimer : Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and correctness of the information provided above. However, Rolan Resumes is not liable for any outdated or incorrect information that has not yet been updated on this page. Additionally, Rolan Resumes does not guarantee 100% compatibility with all ATS systems or file upload platforms and is not liable for any changes in ATS technology or employer-specific configurations that may affect the parsing/scanning or compatibility of your resume. Rolan Resumes is also not liable for any claimed damages or issues arising from lack of compatibility.