Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Applicant Tracking System (ATS)?

  • Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is a tool used in the recruitment process. ATS searches your resume for key items such as dates, skills and keywords that relate to the position you are applying for.

Why do companies use Applicant Tracking System (ATS)?

  • Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) help recruiters save time (and paper!) when reviewing thousands of resumes. ATS is also searchable, so your resume can easily be reviewed at a later date if needed. Lastly, ATS helps companies ensure they are in compliance with recruiting standards.

Do all companies use an Applicant Tracking System (ATS)?

  • Not all companies have made the switch to ATS. However, there are some free online tools that are very similar to ATS. It’s important to note that even if you have a personal connection through your network, your resume will typically need to be submitted to the company’s applicant tracking system for compliance reasons. 

What can I do to my resume to make it better for Applicant Tracking System (ATS)?

  • Adding a "Skills" section at the beginning of your resume and list the top keywords from the job advertisement. 
  • Only use black font. Some ATS convert resumes into plain text and will only see words in black font
  • Include education and certifications, even if they are in progress. If you have not yet completed your degree or program, use the phrase “Pursuing XYZ Certification”
  • Upload your resume in word (.doc, .docx) file formats instead of PDFs. Some ATS such as Jobvite cannot read PDF files correctly.
  • Completely spell out terms in addition to abbreviations and acronyms. For example, Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
  • Less is More. Some ATS calculate your match rate based on signal-to-noise ratio. Meaning, the more irrelevant text you have, the lower you'll rank in the ATS. 


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What is included in a resume review and how long does a resume review take? 

  • A resume analysis includes an ATS test of your existing resume to find areas for improvement in format, language and ATS score. Additionally, the analysis will include a review of your skills and which of them to highlight. A resume analysis typically takes 48 hours to complete.

How long does it take for HiConsulting Serivces to write my resume? 

  • In most cases, a draft of the new resume is delivered to you via email within 3 business days. 

What is included in a LinkedIn Profile Review and how long does it take? 

  • An analysis of your LinkedIn Profile is the creation of a personalized guide for optimizing your profile and LinkedIn best practices. The analysis also includes language to update your headline and summary statement. An initial review can be completed in 48 hours.

Does HiConsulting Services offer expedited services? 

  • Yes, expedited services are available for an additional fee. A minimum expedite fee of $95.00 will be charged depending on the agreed upon delivery window and services requested.