When you upload your CV or resume to an ATS, it is typically 'parsed' into the system. Parsing means your CV is read, pulled-apart and important information such as your work history, qualifications, keywords and contact details etc are recognised and stored appropriately in its candidate database.
Once your details are saved in the database, recruiters and HR people can then easily search it to find suitable candidates for jobs (both current and future) that they are seeking to fill. The important point here is that these systems often don't have the "fuzzy logic" than human recruiters use. If your CV is not formatted appropriately, the ATS may not be able to read the correct sections, allocate content correctly or even recognise contact details. Things that can upset ATS platforms include graphics, tables, bullet points and watermarks.
ATS compliance means that a CV will be parsed correctly by the majority of ATS systems and its content will be allocated correctly within the database. If a CV is not ATS compliant it may not be found in the system. Your CV may look fabulous, but if a recruiter can't find it, it's useless!
How does CV Pro ensure ATS compliance? CV Pro has access to the major ATS platforms used in Australia and New Zealand. These include PageUp, Taleo, Scout, Peoplestreme, Bullhorn, Capterra, PrevueAPS and Acendre. Our CV formats have been tested thoroughly in all these systems. Our formats have been fine-tuned so that we now know that content will be parsed and CV content allocated correctly in the databases of these systems.
Ask yourself; how critical is it that my CV can be found in recruitment databases? Is your CV or resume ATS-compliant?