"ATS software is only trying to read and understand your resume," Sigelman says. Images and graphics don't get picked up by the software and aren't searchable inside the database.
"Create a visual presentation that is strong and clean without using any images, graphics or tables," Sampson adds. Typically tables will not stay formatted or in the correct order," she says. "Tables are read up and down rather than side-to-side, causing the information to become distorted."
Finally, within the text of your resume, don't use any special characters or fonts. Avoid headers and footers, too, as these can be incompatible with most ATS, Sampson says.