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We've all been there, they said "They would call" but they never do. NOW, WHAT? Back to the job boards?!?! NOT  without a strategy!

Whether you’re trying to survive a layoff,  looking for your dream job, or trying to pivot into a new line of work, RNE can help you!

Is my resume the problem?

What is an applicant tracking system?

An applicant tracking system — or ATS, for short — is a type of software used by recruiters and employers during the hiring process to collect, sort, scan, and rank the job applications they receive for their open positions.

The applicant tracking system was initially created for large corporations that are accustomed to dealing with several thousand inbound job applications on a weekly basis. Today, approximately 98 percent of Fortune 500 companies rely on ATS software to help streamline their recruitment process. However, what began as a recruitment solution for large employers has turned into a commonplace tool for companies of all shapes and sizes.

Who is hurt by Applicant Tracking Systems?

Here are the people who are most hurt by the Applicant Tracking Systems:

  • People without a 4-year degree

  • People with no experience in the industry

  • Career changers

  • People returning to work after taking care of their family or ill parents

  • People who have been unemployed for more than one year

  • According to Forbes, 75% of qualified candidates are being weeded out because of these systems.

How to Beat the Applicant Tracking System (ATS)

Companies use resume scanners, also known as ATS, to speed up their hiring and automatically filter out resumes that don't look like a good match for the job. In fact, over ninety percent of resumes are discarded before they reach a hiring manager or a recruiter!

Beating the ATS is easier than you think. This guide will show you how to get past the resume screening stage and into a recruiter's hands.


If you’ve read any type of resume advice online there’s a good chance you saw many recommendations that you should tailor your resume for each job.

You’re probably wondering- Is it really necessary??

It might be tempting to skip it, because yes- it takes time.

But it really will make a huge difference in the number of companies that call you back and invite you to interview.

I’m talking about an exponential increase in callbacks… not a slight increase. I’ve tried both ways, trust me.

And tailoring your resume is not as hard as it sounds. We have some tools that you can use take you through it step by step. But first, read this next section because it’s important…

The Problem With Not Tailoring Your Resume:
Most job seekers go create a resume with the goal of seeming as impressive as possible. That’s not what a hiring manager is looking for though, especially not at first. They’re not evaluating how impressive you are, or how smart you are, or anything like that.

They’re taking your resume, putting it into software that is ultimately going to decide if you have the skills and experience needed to do this specific job.

They want to see evidence that you can come in and perform well from day 1.


When you create a general resume with the goal of showing all of your impressive experience, what you are doing is not in line with what the company is checking for.

There’s a disconnect, and this causes a lack of callbacks.

This all happens because you made your resume about YOU.

When you a tailor a resume to a specific job, it becomes about THEM. And that’s how you get the interview!

OK, So How Should I Tailor My Resume:
We recommend Jobscan! Please note: RNE does not own Jobscan and is not directly affiliated with the organization. However, we do know this website has helped MILLIONS of candidates land their dream roles. (Wait, don't just go to their website, keep reading!!!)  Why? Because it is fully integrated with LinkedIn!!! LinkedIn has very quickly become one of the fastest ways to vet candidates. So any resume tool you use must take the Linkedin algorithms into consideration. Jobscan does that.

Jobscan took the job market by storm in 2013 after its founder found himself on the job hunt! He discovered that the powerful portals companies were using for hiring were simply parsing, ranking, and filtering resumes with an algorithm based on keywords. Knowing that he’d have to carefully tailor his resume for each application in order to be noticed, he built Jobscan from scratch to automate the process.

How RNE Can Help You with Jobscan:

RNE was one of the first major jobseeker networks to subscribe to the vision of personalizing resumes for each submission. (At least the important ones.) This approached has enabled thousands of job seekers to land roles quicker than they could have ever imagined. So when Jobscan hit the scene RNE was at the top of the list developing a partnership with this innovative technology. 

Since we got in on the ground floor we are able to offer jobseekers a Jobscan account at a 25% discount. 

With your Jobscan RNE account you can:

Create a Resume that will BEAT the ATS

Your resume will be your best friend in your job search. It is the number one tool you have at your disposal to land your dream job. With this fact in mind, your resume deserves a substantial amount of time and effort.

An RNE Jobscan Account Can

Help you correct pesky formatting errors that are preventing your resume from parsing correctly after it is uploaded. 

An RNE Jobscan Account Can

Help you optimize your LinkedIn Profile. 

An RNE Jobscan Account Can

Allow you to make as many versions of your resume as you need. These versions can be as specific and as tailored as you want. 


RNE has a full staff that can guide you through any questions you may have as it relates to getting your resume optimized right each time in the software. 

Why do I need to sign up through RNE, Can't I go to Jobscan directly?

You could but it would cost you more, and truthfully you wont get the personalized support we offer. Jobscan is a software but they don't specialize in support. WE DO! Learning this tailoring process could take some work, there will be a learning curve. RNE is there to guide you through that.  AND YOU STILL WILL SAVE 25%.


What you should do???

Understand why companies use an ATS

The automated resume screening process can be pretty unfair for jobseekers. After all, job seekers have spent weeks crafting their perfect resume and an employer lets an algorithm decide whether or not they want to interview you!

While it's unfair, it's often useful to understand why employers use ATS in the first place. The reason is because an average job posting gets way too many unqualified applications. For example, an employer hiring for an accounting position may get applicants who have no accounting experience. This is often the result of people who mass-apply to every job they see with the same resume. The ATS helps them filter out many of these unqualified applicants.


⭐️   The goal of an ATS is to understand if you're a good fit for a job. It will thus try to determine your most recent work experience and your hard skills (e.g. software, languages, programming languages) from your resume.

⭐️   Almost every company uses some kind of resume screening software or applicant tracking system. If you're applying for a job online, you can be pretty confident your resume will go through an ATS.

⭐️   Unfortunately, it goes without saying that companies miss out on some high quality hires by using ATS scanners.


Don't worry about the differences between different ATS

There are literally hundreds of ATS software and there are typically minor differences across them. Job seekers often get caught up into the small differences between them, but this is a distraction.

There are only two categories to think about when building an ATS-compliant resume: Readability and Relevancy. We'll go through both of these in detail in this guide.

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