Modern applications for a job are complex. Employers use an applicant tracking system, or ATS, to cut back on the number of resumes that reach a hiring manager. Nurses must take measures to get past the ATS by setting up the right resume and having access to the right jobs.
Give Your Address
A concern associated with the application process is the location of a potential employer. When you do not live near the employer, you may assume that the ATS will automatically put your resume at a low rank when compared to candidates who live closer to the facility. That leaves a temptation to just avoid putting your address on the application. The problem with ignoring your address is the ranking system. If you do not put your address, then you may end up with the last rank, which means your resume will not make it past the tracking system.
Keep Your Format Simple
Formatting is always important when you apply for a position online. Keep it simple and stack the information in reverse chronological order. By keeping the format simple and maintaining normal spacing, you prevent your resume from confusing or choking the system. That means your resume is more likely to reach a hiring manager.
Use Keywords from the Job Posting
Evaluate the job posting and choose keywords from the posting. By using keywords from the job posting, you increase the chances that the ATS will notice your resume and send it through. Keep in mind that you want the keywords to fit into the context of your resume. Use words that apply to your experience and fit in with your description of your job responsibilities. The tracking system does recognize when your resume has keywords in context and when you list the keywords for a higher ranking, so make sure you use the words in the context of your resume.
Use Action Verbs
Action verbs show your skills, so you want to make sure your resume contains action verbs and tells the reader what you in your previous nursing job. The action words have two roles: they tell recruiters and hiring managers about your skills and they help the tracking system identify quality candidates. Keep in mind that your resume should not keyword stuff or add fluff to beat the system. You want your resume to go through the system and reach the right person to give you an interview. Even though ATS does not always catch keyword stuffing, a hiring manager will notice.
Check your Grammar
Always check your grammar! Applicant tracking systems use grammar, spelling and other details to identify the right candidates. If you forget a period or do not capitalize your words, then the system overlooks your resume or gets thrown off when evaluating your resume. Always double check your spelling and grammar before you send in your resume.
Competition for a job in nursing is complex. The modern application system means you need to do more than just stand out to a hiring manager. You need to fit the candidate mold and make sure your resume passes through the tracking system and appeals to a hiring manager.