Since paper applications are going the way of the dinosaur in favor of digital job postings, it only seems logical to have more automated recruitment processes. Along with increased technology in the hiring process, there can also be some challenges for the average jobseeker.

One frustration is the electronic application submission process, commonly known as Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). Applicants regularly complain about the proverbial “black hole” their resumes are sent off to when they hit the submit button, never to be seen by anyone again.

It’s doubtful that we will return to old school recruitment, so it’s time to demystify Applicant Tracking Systems. Let’s take a look behind the curtain to find out how to make an ATS work for you.