Employers are using the power of AI to hire employees with consequences for recruiters and job seekers alike. Job roles are already disappearing as the robots take over and business functions seek to modernize. Filtering CVs and undertaking initial job interviews are being automated where there are high applicant volumes. So, new ways of working mean new ways of learning to embrace the challenge. Here are some recent survey data and tips for dealing with the CV challenge.

We all make mistakes and I bet you’ve heard the phrase ‘well, I’m only human’ a few times! We all have our conscious and unconscious biases too. Automation removes some of these pitfalls in parts of the hiring process and cuts costs. At some point, your CV is likely to be at the mercy of an algorithm.

What are the robots looking for on your CV? Keywords are still important, however, the growth of Big Data allows greater sophistication in searches. We are all putting more information about ourselves online. Consequently, the robots can join up the dots and spot the patterns. For example, whether your LinkedIn profile and your CV are in sync.

…you might miss the perfect candidate who happens to have the right skills but a different job title and maybe a less traditional career path. AI uses data clustering techniques to create job clusters so you can identify these alternative skills and titles. Jerry Thurber, Innotrieve

CV challenge

According to a totaljobs survey, conducted across 400 UK jobseekers, 67% are unaware of automated recruitment.

  • Of those who are, 53% had taken part in an automated telephone interview.
  • Of these, 47% are comfortable with the experience (35% are uncomfortable, while 18% are neither).
  • 42% were invited to proceed to the next step, while 58% were not.

Here are 5 tips from journalist, Pádraig Belton, to help you take on the robots and meet the CV challenge:

  1. Opt for a conservative sans serif font, like Verdana, Arial, Calibri or Tahoma. Fonts with serifs, like Times New Roman, work slightly less well with optical character recognition (OCR)
  2. Do not format your CV with tables.
  3. Optimize your CV, ensuring it features keywords relating to the job.
  4. Have a look at the company you are applying for and match your top titles with theirs.
  5. If later on, you find yourself recording a video interview, pick a blank background, and spend a bit of time thinking about lighting. Two light sources in front, one behind works well.

Here’s another great resource from Uptowork on Word v PDF CV formats, so your format is appropriate to pass through the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) software.

The message is clear: if you’re a graduate looking to take the next step in your career, the robots are here to stay. Embrace the change by being savvy and consistent.