Don’t put your head shot, company logo or any sort of picture on your resume. If you do, your resume is more like to see the trash pile than a recruiter’s hands, said ATS experts interviewed by TheLadders.
Most companies scan every resume, whether sent by e-mail, fax or hand delivered, into a Applicant Tracking System (ATS), which stores and categorizes the document for retrieval later. Most ATS systems are built to handle only text; images and other embedded files will “choke the ATS,” several experts told TheLadders in the article “Resume, Meet Technology: Making Your Resume Format Machine-Friendly.”
Overly formatted resumes and resumes embedded with pictures, graphics and logos can be incompatible with most ATS software. Recruiters and human-resources professionals call it “choking the system”: An applicant fills his resume with pictures, graphics and logos; headers and footers; and formats that make it difficult for the software to read and sort the text into categories or cause it to crash altogether. It’s a sure way to ensure your resume never makes it to a recruiter, said Laura Michnya, the project manager of recruiting systems and process for BAE Systems.
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