May 11, 2017

Author: SMR Recruitment Team

Robot and Man Each Choosing People. Do programs or people select who gets hired?

Once your resume is in a corporation’s applicant database, will they find you when the perfect job becomes available?

The feature article in last month’s issue of SMR’s Key Resources focused on writing an effective resume and the companion blog explored the randomness of the online job search process. So, we weren’t surprised to read an article later that month in HR Magazine® discussing frustration on the part of both job seekers and HR professionals when dealing with applicant tracking systems. It seems neither side of the hiring equation is happy with this aspect of the corporate recruiting process.

The magazine’s interview with Anthropologist Ilana Gershon discusses the oddities you can encounter when conducting a job search in today’s market. She makes some very relevant points about missed opportunities in the corporate recruitment process due to the use of various technology solutions. She also has very on-point observations about the effect of social media sites and how they, together with talent acquisition systems, can strip out the human aspect of finding the right person for the job.

When positions are advertised by a hiring company on a job board, the employer generally receives resumes that contain keywords matched to ones in the job description.If you have prepared a resume that incorporates wording consistent with the job listing, this is the stage that the resume you customized will get attached to the search and sent to the hiring company.

Once it is sent, your information now resides in the company’s applicant tracking system. Keywords aside, unless you have included something in either your resume or cover letter that resonates with the recruiter you will run the risk of being overlooked. This is what every job seeker fears.

There is no one, perfect solution that will put you at the top of the candidate list for every job. Corporate talent management systems vary and human review will always be subjective. But we are planning to add Ms. Gershon’s book Down and Out in the New Economy: How People Find (or Don’t Find) Work Today (University of Chicago Press, 2017). to our summer reading list to read more of her keen observations. Understanding how each of these elements come together to shape your job search can help you make informed choices when applying for positions.

SMR’s complete Summer 2017 Must-Read List will be out in early June, just in time for your beach reading!

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