3 Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Improve Your Resume
February 11, 2019 | Michael Howard
Tag: Artificial Intelligence6
If you haven’t been watching, let me tell you, the job market has changed. Drastically. The labor pool is extremely tight and qualified candidates are hard to find. As a result, employers are adapting and taking unprecedented steps to entice, woo and capture qualified workers.
Technology has been a big help. Software tools assist in ways previously not possible. They scrape social media sites for candidate keywords, job titles and relevant skills. They manage online job postings across multiple platforms. They provide external portals for candidates to submit resumes and automate processing the application internally.
And then, there are Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS).
Artificial Intelligence and ATS Systems
Of the tools that most benefit employers, by far ATS systems are the workhorse. Top-of-the-line ATS systems do all the tasks mentioned and more. Although various offerings provide different features, the single task that every ATS system has is evaluating resumes. The power of this feature cannot be understated. Every resume received is scored and ranked against the job requirements and other candidates.
Looking underneath the hood of this software brings to light exactly how the power of technology is leveraged to get things done. Using sophisticated algorithms, each resume is scrubbed word-by-word to ascertain their semantic, contextual and plain language meanings. In order to accomplish this, a built-in library of artificial intelligence exists that continuously grows through machine learning and data science.
If you are a candidate, this ATS tool is either your friend or your foe. If you fail to recognize that employers use this tool, your resume will certainly be scored and ranked low. You won’t get called for an interview, plain and simple.
The good news is, an ATS system can be your friend. Just follow these three simple rules to leverage the exact same technology these systems use.
1. ATS Friendly Formatting
In order to “read” your resume effectively, it must be formatted in a way that the ATS system will capture each word within the appropriate header. For example, underneath the header “Skills” you might list “Java,” but if it was mistakenly read within “Experience,” it would mean something completely different and not score well. The most important counter measure to this is to submit your resume in MS Word format. The reason is, MS Word has an XML feature that places tags before and after sections such as a header. ATS systems recognize these tags and read MS Word well.
Even within MS Word, and for that matter, any other formatted document, do not use tables. Tables are a great way to organize content neatly on a page, but a not so great for ATS systems. Avoid tables at all costs.
2. Create a Targeted Resume
Given your resume is scored and ranked against the job requirements and other candidates, it is imperative you tailor your resume to the job for which you are applying. There are two ways to do this. The first way is manually. What this means is, you must compare the skills section of the job requirements to the skills section in your resume. If there are skills on the job requirement that you have failed to list on your resume, list them. And don’t just compare word-for-word. Look for “transferable” skills, meaning if you list “Programming” and the job requirement list “Java,”, list Java if that is one of your programming skills. Do this same exercise for each section of the job requirement and your resume.
3. Use an ATS Checker
The other way to create a targeted resume is use an ATS Checker. If you perform a search for ATS Checker, you will find a few out there. They are worth the effort to find them. An ATS Checker helps you create a targeted resume by performing the same resume evaluation ATS systems do. They score your existing resume against the job requirements. This means you don’t have to perform this function manually. You run your resume through the ATS Checker, adjust based on the results, the re-run to see your new score.
But this is not the latest technology.
Resume Optimization Tool
For a bonus suggestion, I recommend TargetMyResume.com. This tool does it all. Not only does it perform the ATS Checker function, it also extracts and merges keywords directly into your resume based upon artificial intelligent based suggestions. You choose which keywords and phrases to merge and it does it for you with the click of a button.
Armed with these three rules, and the bonus TargetMyResume.com tool, you will have the edge needed to get the job you want in today’s job market.
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