Applicant tracking systems – ATS (also automated resume screeners) are software applications that enable the electronic handling of recruitment needs and are designed for recruitment tracking purposes. In many cases they filter applications automatically based on given criteria such as former employers, years of experience and schools attended. Resumes are submitted online and then stored in a database, where searches occur to match resumes to job openings – sometimes even beyond the current opening. Someone has to program keywords and key phrases into the computer so it can do a search and perform the resume screening.
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