ATS 101: What is it and How does it work


In today’s job market knowing the obstacles that you may face while trying to get a job can help you better prepare yourself. There are many challenges that job seekers face when looking for employment. The biggest obstacle can often be an applicant tracking system. But what exactly is an applicant tracking system, and how does it work?

What it is: An Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is software that handles electronic recruitment needs. ATS’s are used by companies of every size and industry. Their function is to provide a central location and database for company’s recruitment efforts. In addition, many job searching sites such as Monster and CareerBuilder, have partnerships with ATS systems to aid with the flow of information to the company from  a job searching site.

How it works: Applicant Tracking Systems work by allowing employers to enter key words or phrases from the job description into the system ATS. The ATS will then search the database and return resumes with the key words to the employer for review. The search of the ATS database can be repeated as many times as desired by the employer to narrow down the best candidates to further pursue.

Being familiar with how the applicant tracking system works will help you better prepare your resume for the job description, and help you land the job interview you’ve been waiting for.

How do you feel about applicant tracking systems?

About Mary Marino

Mary Marino is the founder of, a job search resource. has launched its “Occupation Pipeline” widget, a unique tool which enables users to search employment opportunities by sourcing occupations and employers, rather than job titles. Connect with Mary at or on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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One Response to ATS 101: What is it and How does it work

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