Understanding Applicant Tracking Systems is critical to getting the job you want, and the danger is NOT about keywords!!
The danger is in your formatting, not keywords. If the ATS cannot read your resume and parse your information correctly, i.e. put your name in the name field, your phone number in the phone field, your email address in the email field, then those fields will be left blank and seen as an error by the ATS, and can be deleted before anyone ever sees that you applied!
Keywords are just skills. If an employer needs a Java Developer and you don't list Java on your resume, that's a skills problem, not an ATS problem. However, if you HAVE experience with Java and you're still not getting calls, you could have a formatting problem. We are not speculating based on hear-say, we are actually testing resumes on real ATS, 2 of them, and sharing the results. Here is what our ATS Compatibility Test includes:
$10 for ATS testing on both systems, with screenshots of the results only, and the number of possible concerns for other system.
$68 for the the test results and the detailed report describing ALL possible concerns and how to fix them.
Start with the ATS Test for $10. If it scans well, no need to buy the full report, but if it doesn't scan well, your receipt will include a coupon code for $10 off the full report.
This eCourse comes with 6 instructional videos covering much more than just Resumes and Cover Letters.
$29 for 30 days of access to this course, $49 for 90 days