Traditionally you apply for a job and compose your resume expecting it to be looked at by human eyes. The recruiter or hiring manager will read it and make the decision on whether or not you will advance to the next stage.
However, in 2020 this is not always the case. Your next future employer is not looking at your job application, resume screening technology is.
How resume screening technology works
Organisations that hire on a mass scale will implement recruiting technology to help manage their high volume workload. Each corporate job opening attracts on average 250 applicants, which make it an extremely time-consuming and demanding task to review each one manually.
Resume screening automation works by processing every application and matching them against the open job vacancy. This is dependent on different factors such as skills, experience and previous job titles. It is then the recruiter’s job to review the screened and ranked results to help make the final decision on who to progress further.
Why employers use it
Time-saver – It takes automation 0.6 seconds to fully review a resume/CV.
Fair – Technology ignores perceived candidate qualities that could be prone to unconscious bias.
Consistent – Every job application is considered and assessed equally.
What you should do
Optimise your CV/resume and include relevant keywords related to the job requirements. Take a look at the advert and look closely at what they are asking for. If they are looking for PPC and AdWord experience, make sure you have the exact words written in your experience section.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? That’s because it is. Automated screening technology is programmed to detect specific words and will rank your resume highly. However, be careful to not focus only on this aspect and in turn create a resume that’s stuffed full with keywords and not much else. Once your resume gets past technology and read by human eyes, the recruiter will not be impressed with this trick.
Job titles and key dates
It is vital you list a job title that corresponds to the role you are applying for. If your previous role was very niche and the title only really applied to the organisation you were working for, then it is ok to edit this for your resume.
For example, ‘Specialist Performance Marketer’ can be altered to ‘SEO and PPC Marketing Manager’. The second option is far more likely to rank higher because it contains 4 keywords.
Be sure to always include a start date and end date (month and year) to previous roles where applicable. This helps screening technology assess your length of experience.
Reference back to the job advert
Print out the job advert and keep it for reference when editing your resume. Use it as a guide to help remind yourself what skills and experience you need to include. Most likely the hiring manager will utilise screening technology to match the keywords mentioned on the advert to your application. So do not forget about the ad!
Finally… do not fear technology
Recruiting technology is there to help and assist hiring teams. It makes ease of everyday recruitment tasks, to streamline the hiring process and reduce workload. In doing so it gives back valuable time to the recruiter who can then invest this back into the candidate, through communication, guidance and understanding – all of which help make better overall human hiring decisions.
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