The Windowpanes ATS Resume Template is an ATS-compliant resume template that has a really sophisticated and understated appearance that can be easily customized to be as bold as you want, with a simple color change. The format is appropriate for almost any professional or executive.
What Are ATS Resume Templates & Why Is ATS Compatibility Important?
In today's job market, it's more important than ever for job seekers to make sure their resume is compatible with applicant tracking systems (ATS). ATS is software used by employers to scan resumes and track applicants throughout the hiring process. However, ATS can sometimes have difficulty reading certain resumes, which can cause your application to be rejected outright (rarely) or be entered into the applicant tracking system incorrectly (a common problem).
To increase your chances of getting through ATS and in front of the hiring manager, read the job description carefully, use an ATS resume template, and be certain to include resume keywords from the job description.
By making sure your resume is ATS friendly, you can be sure that you are giving yourself the best chance of being considered for the job.
Why Everything You Thought You Knew About ATS Resume Templates Might Be Wrong
There are so many myths and misunderstandings about ATS resume templates. Most importantly, virtually all modern applicant tracking systems can handle graphics with ease. The ATS will simply “skip” the graphic and move on to the text. Of course, this means that the words you insert in the graphic in the upper left of the Windowpanes template won’t “count” as resume keywords in the ATS. If you think those words are important as resume keywords, the solution is to make sure you repeat the words in the body of the resume.
The structure of your resume is especially important and in most cases, the reverse chronological format will be your safest bet to make sure the ATS reads your work experience properly.
One word of warning: beware of the cheap and free resume templates you find on the internet or even as free resume templates in Word. Many of these free resume templates (even some billed as free ATS resume templates) are constructed using a layout that is too complex for ATS to handle and the content of your resume will become jumbled and unreadable in the ATS. But, it is important for you to know that "complex" and "visually attractive" are not the same thing. It is entirely possible to create a truly eye-popping and completely professional ATS friendly resume, as we've proved. Designed by a professional resume writer with more than 25 years of experience and expertise in creating ATS friendly resume designs, you can feel confident using any of our templates.
Resume Keywords Are Important Too
Besides just ensuring that your resume format is properly structured for entry into an ATS, the Windowpanes ATS-Compliant Resume Template will also help you with your resume keyword optimization if you follow the easy-to-follow recommendations, expert tips, and resume writing prompts in the template.
In some ways, it is fair to say that keyword optimization is one of the most important factors on your ATS friendly resume, and for this reason we've included lots of space for you to include important resume keywords as you build your resume. In fact, the technique we’ve used in this template, of highlighting keyword phrases at the start of each bulleted result statement is not only a great way of working more keywords into your ATS resume, but it also makes your resume more readable and attractive for the human reader. This is, of course, the goal whenever you use an ATS-compliant resume template: not only are you trying to ensure compatibility with applicant tracking systems, you are trying to make sure your resume is eye-catching and attention-getting for the human reader.
Coordinating Career Documents Help You Create a Stunning First Impression
Available separately, the Windowpanes executive biography template and cover letter template are designed to coordinate with our Windowpanes Resume template. While it is possible that your cover letter will be entered into the ATS with your resume, it is rare that your biography would. But, a professional biography designed to coordinate with your resume and cover letter is the easiest way to create a stunning first impression and highly professional image. See all templates in the collection:
Easily Change the Color Scheme of All Our Resume Templates
As with all our template collections, MS Word is required.