In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, you read how many employers today use an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to automatically screen and filter the online job applications they receive. In Part 2, we discussed Kayla, a fictional job applicant who was about to apply online for an Accounts Payable Specialist position with the equally fictional Humongous International (HI) company. You saw an excerpt from the HI online job posting detailing the duties of the position as well as the requirements each applicant must meet in order to be eligible for consideration. Finally, you – unlike Kayla – were privy to the notes taken by the HR analyst after discussion with the hiring manager, and you know what key words and criteria will be programmed into the ATS for use when reviewing applicants for this position. In this final installment of this series, we will follow Kayla as she submits her online application and attachments, which are then reviewed by the company’s ATS. Continue reading
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