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Teaching the Resume and Cover Letter for AI-driven Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS): a PW workshop with Christa Fraser & Philip Lovas

December 2, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Please join Christa Fraser and Philip Lovas on December 2nd from 3:00 to 4:30pm for a 90-minute Professional Writing Open Workshop: "Teaching the Resume and Cover Letter for AI-driven Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)".  

This PW Open workshop will be held  on Zoom at


According to a March 2021 article on, "Nearly 40% of employers use an ATS to screen candidates for their job openings. Applicant tracking systems save employers time by applying filters, parsing every resume submitted and forwarding only the most relevant, qualified candidates to a hiring manager or recruiter. The technology uses both the way your resume is written and the information it includes to decide." 

The number of employers currently using this technology is likely to increase over the next decade as the use of AI in the workplace increases. This means many of our students will likely be submitting their professional application materials directly to an ATS/BOT! Knowing how these ATS/BOTS decode application materials--and how they respond to human job seekers before forwarding them on to HR--is critical to helping our students submit successful application materials for the jobs they are qualified to take.

During this presentation and workshop intended for instructors, we will cover:

  • How an ATS reads application materials
  • Which file types ATS can and cannot read
  • How to handle header and footer information in applications
  • How to handle biographical information in applications
  • How to use job search keywords and verbs to get past an ATS
  • How to advise students on ATS next steps (pre-offer personality tests, aptitude tests, situational judgement tests, and other psychometric tests.) and the interview process

We hope you will join us for this second PW Open Workshop of the 2021-22 Academic Year!

Please email Christa Fraser at to reserve a space.


Location details are currently being solidified. We will update this information in advance of the event.