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Job Search | Beating the software

Many of the biggest companies in the world are using software to recruit their workforce, so how can you beat the odds in the most competitive job market in history?

If you take the time to fill in a job application, you might think someone would at least have the courtesy to actually look at it.

But as more and more job applications are made online, companies are increasingly turning to computer programs to help manage the load.

This means it’s as likely as not it won’t be someone vetting you – but something.

These programs, called applicant tracking systems, scan your CV to decide whether you move on in the process or fall at the first hurdle.

Digital age

A BBC survey of 20 of the world’s biggest organisations, which between them employ almost four million people, found no fewer than 18 used some form of electronic selection.

Tim Payne, a partner at KPMG Management Consulting, says most if not all large organisations use systems like this.

However, smaller firms have been slower to take it up, he adds.

“For organisations with very high numbers of applications, some electronic form of screening is the only cost effective way to manage the process,” Mr Payne says…

Choosen excerpts by JMM from

via BBC News – Beating the recruitment machines.

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This infographic illustrates the basic process:

  • Your resume is run through a parser, which removes the styling from the resume and breaks the text down into recognized words or phrases.
  • The parser then sorts that content into different categories: Education, contact info, skills, and work experience.
  • The employer’s desired skills or keywords are matched against the results from above.
  • Your resume is scored on relevancy—using semantic matching against the employer’s search terms and your years of experience.

So, clearly, it’s vital to include relevant text in your resume—but rather than just dump all the keywords from the job description in, for best results you’ll need to employ a strategy. (Most savvy job applicants are likely using the same keywords in their resumes.)…

Choosen excerpts by JMM from

via How Can I Make Sure My Resume Gets Past Resume Robots and into a Human’s Hand?.

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