21 ATS Resume Secrets Guide

Understand Step-by-Step Why You Are Not Landing The Interviews You Want...

Secret 1 of 21: Resume Vs. Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Crafting the perfect resume is an art that requires understanding of the Applicant Tracking System (ATS). It's not just about having a resume that seems perfect to you; it must resonate with both the ATS and the human hiring manager. Here's a breakdown of the essential points to understand and optimize your ATS match rate:

Resume Full Lesson from Resume Majesty

This is how my resume looks after following the Resume Majesty framework, which is a series of steps you will follow to understand what the market is looking for and consolidate into a single version of your resume.

You'll never tailor your resume for each job description ever again.

In this 21 ATS Resume Secrets Guide, I explain why my resume, despite its simplicity, is highly effective in securing interviews.

Double Impressions

Your resume should impress twice: First, it should be ATS-compliant, and second, it should appeal to the hiring manager. Focus on genuine representations of your skills and refrain from trying to trick the system with irrelevant keywords.

Professional Presentation

While a resume that is 100% ATS compliant is essential, it also should match the job postings you're interested in. Your resume may look professional and well-crafted, but if it doesn’t align well with the job description, it may not pass the ATS successfully.

Speed vs. Quality

Focus on creating a resume that can quickly capture attention. Hiring managers spend an average of six seconds per resume. It’s essential to create a document that stands out and communicates your value proposition swiftly and effectively.

Understanding the ATS

Dive deep into understanding how ATS works. Knowledge of the ATS is crucial in 2023. Without a solid grasp, you risk the ATS discarding your resume even before it reaches a human eye.

Learn the Rules of the Game

Consider job seeking as a professional sport. You need to know the rules, strategies, and nuances to win. Comprehending and adapting to the market demands and expectations is vital in crafting a resume that resonates.

Self-Crafting vs. Hiring Professionals

Crafting a successful resume is a skill that everyone can learn. While hiring professional services is an option, understanding how to tailor your resume is a valuable skill that can prove highly beneficial in the long term.

Strategic Application

Your job application process should be strategic and thoughtful. While it’s essential to apply to multiple positions, ensure that your resume is of high quality, ATS-compliant, and aligns well with the roles you are applying for.

Decoding Job Descriptions

Take the time to analyze job descriptions. Look for patterns and recurring requirements or skills and make sure they are well-represented on your resume. Align your resume with the market needs, ensuring a higher ATS match rate.

Effective Tailoring

A universal resume doesn’t mean a one-size-fits-all approach. It should be a well-strategized document that you can subtly tailor for different applications without needing a complete overhaul each time.

Make Them Curious

Your resume should be intriguing enough to make the hiring manager want to know more about you. It should not just be a list of your past experiences but a document that sells your potential and fit for the role.


Understanding and optimizing for the ATS match rate is about more than just keyword stuffing. It involves a strategic approach in crafting, presenting, and tailoring your resume for success in the 2023 job market. Equip yourself with the right knowledge and tools to navigate through the ATS and make a powerful impression on your potential employers.

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