Your resume undergoes a transformation once uploaded to an applicant tracking system ATS as part of your online job application. The ATS converts your document into a format that can be searched, filtered, or transcribed into a uniform digital applicant profile. Unfortunately, most ATS are not particularly good at this. The searching algorithms are rudimentary, parsed text gets garbled, and as a result qualified candidates like you slip right through the cracks. One of the most hotly debated pieces of ATS formatting advice is whether job seekers can use tables and columns on their resume. From a visual perspective, they offer great ways to structure your experience and save space on your resume.
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By reading sample cover letters, you can get a feel for the appropriate tone of a cover letter, and a template will show you the proper formatting. However, it's also imperative to make sure you customize your cover letter. Copying a sample word-for-word is a surefire route to the reject pile, and there's no doubt that employers - who have generally read hundreds of cover letters - can detect the cut-and-paste trap that job seekers can sometimes fall into.
Captions and summaries provide information that can help users find, navigate, and understand tables. While they are not required in every case to meet WCAG, captions and summaries are fairly straightforward ways to provide such information that is often needed. A caption functions like a heading for a table.