Oh, the dreaded three letter word (acronym) – ATS – aka, the applicant tracking system. There are many alternative names for an ATS: “the black hole”, “applicant torture system”, “where resumes go to die”. A simple search on “ATS” or “applicant tracking system” will bring up a slew of information about what they are and what purpose they serve. I’m not going to go into that here as it’s been covered plenty!
However, one thing is clear, most aren’t fans of ATSs, but they serve a purpose and most (but not all) companies use them. Instead of wishing a company would change their ways and stop using ATSs overnight, let’s figure out how we can better understand and perhaps work the system. At this point, we need to conserve our energy for those interviews we’ll be headed out on, right…?!