With online applications, employers have turned to applicant tracking systems (ATS) to rank and score applicants’ resumes. These systems compare the resume (key words and phrases) to the job description and criteria the employer has posted. It then provides a score or rank to the employer for how well your resume meets these criteria. Based on these scores, the hiring manager can choose which resumes to look at first, if at all. Your resume’s format and content play an important role in passing this initial “screening.” Standard resume formats with content and key words tailored to the job description are vital.