Recruitment Robots scan CVs
Search has become so ubiquitous as a technology today that we rarely stop to think where it applies, or how. Search has become the de facto means through which we navigate the web. Without it the massive amount of information locked up in websites and online documents is next to useless.


Search technology however is not just useful when it comes to getting websites to rank on the web. It is also used, in a deprecated format, to help sort through job applications. The latest trend in CV processing, apparently, lets an algorithm pick out likely candidates, filtering prospects for a human operator to look at in more detail.

That’s right, your chances of getting a job, or not, are now down to bots.

Preposterous as it may sound it makes perfect sense and the reason is money.

The Resume Filtering Process is now Faster, Better, Cheaper

Despite changes in technology recruiting is one area which has been slow to adapt. The process of hiring somebody for your company can be laborious, hit-and-miss and a constant hemorrhage of money at a time when finding ways to reduce operating costs is part of the survival blueprint of every business on the planet.

Yet it is also a vital part of a business’ means of growing. Get the recruitment process wrong and you will most likely make the wrong hires which will only cause more issues, cost more money to rectify in solving internal problems and yet more money as you start the recruitment process all over again. To put it in really basic terms, the wrong hires are like using the wrong kind of ammunition to fire your guns. Not only will you have spent money only to have your weapons explode the moment you fire them but you will then need to fix them and spend more money to get the real thing.

Automation is seen as one way of fixing this. By using keyword-orientated filtering programs companies filter out anyone who is no longer savvy enough to at least get the exact job-advert requirements in the resume they sent in. It may seem crass and risk losing some gems but it is no more so than using social media accounts to create a composite picture of a person’s suitability for a job and this has already happened.

So, if you are looking for a job in the social media era what should you be doing different in terms of your resume (assuming that you need to send one in at all). Just like in SEO you can increase your website’s chances of ranking higher by emphasizing certain principles, you can weigh your CV’s chances of being picked out from the crowd by being a little more specific.

Here are three key principles to help you:

01. Keywords are important. Read carefully the job advert you are applying for and break it down into specific skillsets. Make a list of those skillsets and make sure they are mentioned explicitly (as opposed to implied skillsets drawn from direct experience) in your CV. Keyword lists are a standard SEO tool but now they are becoming indispensable to job applicants too.

02. Search terms are vital. If the job advert calls for a “first class data architect”, for example, and your CV does not mention anywhere this exact search term you are shooting yourself in the foot. After all you are applying for that very job and your inability to put in the search term in your CV smacks of either imprecision (you have simply sent out the same CV to a dozen job applications ) or worse, laziness (you cannot be bothered specifying just why you are the best person for the job).

03. Context is crucial. Decide just what the job you are applying for requires. If the job ad for a data architect (to use my previous example) calls for specific experience or capability beyond the technicality of the job (like being a great team player or having excellent communication skills) and you fail to detail it now, you will only be making it harder for your CV to get picked for a shortlist.

When it comes to recruiting decisions a face to face interview is never going to be off the books but as companies look for ways to make the recruiting process faster, cheaper and more accurate automation and social media will play a larger and larger role in this and that is something you now need to take into account.

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