Getting Past AI resume Tools
It was inevitable. When companies made it so simple to apply for a job online, applications poured in. So, while applying might be as easy as a mouse click, your resume is much more likely to be screened out into oblivion than end up in front of a recruiter. Getting past the AI resume tools may not be as easy as you might think.
AI pre-screening resumes is based on certain pre-determined criteria. Then behind-the-scenes, there’s an automated pre-screening that is also applied. Creating a virtual pile of resumes. It also leads to cutting potential candidates from consideration, even before a human hiring manager or recruiter gives their resumes a passing look.
Getting Past AI Screening
Software, AI and RPA enables HR professionals to reclaim as much as 40 percent of their time. It can be hard to ‘beat the AI’ without knowing the phrases it’s looking for. Every system is different. But the right resume format can help.
Formatting Is Important
Your resume’s file type can be the difference between getting past an ATS screen or not. For a resume to pass screening tools like AI or RPA bots, make sure it is clean, plain, and in a Word document form and not a PDF. Sometimes a PDF version will mis-parsed information. For relevant information to be pulled a plain, simple Word document with clear headers is the best course of action. Headers should include Summary, Education, Professional Experience, Certifications, and Skills or Technical Skills.
Use the Job Description
The best advice is to tailor your resume to a specific job description. That is the best way to get past initial screening phases. Follow the job description for buzzwords and use them. In doing so you will be using phrases the company use and more importantly, will be showing the hiring manager that you have the experience they’re specifically looking for.
First Step – A Strong Resume
But it’s just that, a first step. Things like keywords and formatting is important to get past the AI gatekeeper. But remember that your resume is just a calling card or just an introduction of sorts.
In the end, it will always come down to experience and how you handle the all the stages of the interview process. So be prepared. Get ready. And be excited!
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