What document formats can applicant tracking systems scan?

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What document formats can applicant tracking systems scan?

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According to our experts, most systems can scan text and Word formats; some cannot scan Word 2007, PowerPoints, or PDFs. What should job seekers do in order to get their resumes noticed by the ATS? • Customize the resume for each position. Megan Pittsley, a career counselor and recruiter, advises job seekers to “extensively tweak their resume for every job and make sure you weave common keywords throughout the resume as often as possible.” • Keep job titles fairly generic. Kathleen Steffey, founder and CEO of Naviga Business Services, a sales and marketing based recruitment firm, suggests avoiding using job titles that are too specific. “If you are a sales professional who is conducting new business and prospecting 99 percent of the time, just keep your title to ‘Sales Professional’ or ‘Business Development Representative.’ Stay away from titles that are too specific like National Accounts or Client Relations. • Keep resume formatting to a minimum. Dan Kilgore, principal of Riviera Adv

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