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3 Deep Learning Tools For Your Resume

March 10, 2019 | Michael Howard


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There’s a lot of talk about deep learning nowadays. Like many of the technological buzz words of our day, it is tossed about quite frequently. And this is good. It brings to the surface the idea, benefits and potential of the technology. But it can be detrimental too. When it is used frequently and in multiple ecosystems, some of us become cynical and doubt the validity of its usefulness. It becomes watered down. We associate it with just a marketing ploy. And there is some truth to this perception.

Despite its fad status, deep learning is a very real, science-based discipline that yields powerful, real-life tools. Tools that have very practical business applications. Because of these practical applications, corporations are often the primary users of the technology.

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How You Will Use Artificial Intelligence in 2019 To Get the Job You Want

January 7, 2019 | Michael Howard


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If you didn’t know any better, you’d think submitting a resume to the HR department of the company you are applying means they will evaluate it by reading it. Think again. Chances are, if they have an HR department, they have an applicant tracking system (ATS) that does the reading for them.

If you haven’t heard of ATS’s yet, don’t worry, you aren’t alone. According to TopResume.com, more than half of candidates are eliminated by applicant tracking systems. This would indicate half of all applicants do not optimize their resume to the job requirements because they simply didn’t know it would be evaluated by an ATS.

The process of optimizing a resume can be tedious. It typically involves a line-by-line comparison of the keywords, skills and phrases between the resume and job description. Then, the candidate must honestly assess their own qualifications and experiences and determine which keywords, skills and phrases they can accurately list.

Here is where artificial intelligence, machine learning and flipping the script on ATS’s will save the day.

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Top 5 Resume Tools for 2019

January 1, 2019 | Michael Howard


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Each new year gives the career-minded individual an opportunity to take stock of their current employment and reflect on opportunities to enhance their position, salary or both. With unemployment rates at all-time lows and employers taking previously unprecedented steps to entice qualified candidates, it would seem getting a better job is at its easiest point in a very long time.

But, that’s not necessarily the case. Candidates are getting more and more sophisticated, due in large part to the vast and deep pool of resources the internet has to offer. The candidate that ends up on top is the one who can navigate, filter and select the best of these resources and leverage them.

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The 2 Vital Resume Hacks That Will Increase Your ATS Score
The 2 Vital Resume Hacks That Will Increase Your ATS Score

January 13, 2019 | Michael Howard


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By now you probably know all about applicant tracking system (ATS). If you don’t, read my recent article How you will use Artificial Intelligence in 2019 To Get The Job You Want where I give a brief description of what they are and how they work. For the purpose of this article, an ATS system is a computer software application that employers use to score your resume against job requirements.

Once you are aware of the existence of ATS’s and how they effect your ability to get the job you want, it’s just a matter of adjusting your resume accordingly. The process of tailoring your resume to highlight the matches between it and the job requirements is known as creating a targeted resume. Creating a targeted resume is a hack in itself, but I am not counting this as one of the hacks here today. Instead, I wanted to share the two vital technology-based hacks that will bump your score and give you the edge you need.

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What A Resume Optimization Tool Will Do For You

January 28, 2019 | Michael Howard


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All of us have faced unemployment at one time or other. Whether self-imposed or involuntary, it can be a harrowing time. When our source of income is cut-off, fear of poverty and homelessness can overcome even the more seasoned professional.

After the initial jolt, we begin the job search process. This isn’t the most warm, fuzzy feeling either. As we submit resumes and do not receive a reply, our initial fear intensifies. It’s an emotional time.

As time goes on without an interview, we start loosening our hard-fast rules. In the beginning we said we wouldn’t ask our friends if they have openings at their job. Now we do. We said we’d only apply for a certain level job. We began applying for lower-level ones. And so, it begins. The downward spiral of desperation.

Fortunately, there are tools that can help.

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New AI Bot Customizes Your Resume

March 3, 2019 | Michael Howard


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In the spring of 1989 four men applied for US patent US5197004A. The title of the patent was “Method and apparatus for automatic categorization of applicants from resumes.” Heading the group was founder and Chief Technology Officer of Resumix, Inc., David Sobotka.

In the application for patent, Sobotka outlined the reasoning behind the invention. He recognized the extensive knowledge required by a professional recruiter to appropriately categorize an applicant to understand if they can perform a job. After listing the many years required to gain this experience, he summarized a recruiter’s job is to “identify which skills are accurate descriptions of the applicant’s talent and which are just ‘fluff’ to inflate the applicant’s resume.”

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Learn The Mechanics Of A Perfect Resume

February 25, 2019 | Michael Howard


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I’ve used two job search strategies in my career. The first is scorched earth. This is where I create one resume and spray it about like a pressurized garden hose being whipped around in a frenzy of water and motion. With this strategy, I use the same resume for all the jobs I apply to. And the jobs I select are not targeted. They are ones I hope to get and even sometimes the ones I want. My second approach has been for the jobs I specifically want. With this strategy, I scrub my resume and the job posting line-by-line, word-for-word, to craft a perfect resume.

Thanks to today’s technology, I can use a little bit of both strategies.

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How Data Science and Algorithms Rank your Resume

February 17, 2019 | Michael Howard


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In the job market, your resume has always competed against everyone else’s. The usual process goes something like this. A company posts a job online. Depending on the company and the job, hundreds apply, maybe thousands. The advertisement lists an email or an online link. If an email, you simply email your resume with or without a separate cover letter. If online, you upload your resume then confirm the content through guided, progressive screens. You submit. You wait. And wait.

Often you don’t wait long. You receive a response via email thanking you for your submission. Very politely they will say no thank you. Sometimes it takes longer, weeks or even a month or two. But same result. Occasionally, you are the lucky one and get a call.

What you may not know is, behind the curtain, data science has revolutionized this process. And depending on the outcomes mentioned above, this is either good news or bad news. If you received the call, it is good news, data science has worked for you. If you received the polite email, it did not.

Because you are reading this sentence, you’re in luck. It’s time you leverage data science to your advantage and get the call for a job interview. I’ll show you how.

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3 Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Improve Your Resume
3 Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Improve Your Resume

February 11, 2019 | Michael Howard


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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).

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How Data Science Has Changed The Way You Get A Job

February 4, 2019 | Michael Howard


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If you’ve been out of the job market for a while, boy are you in for a shock. Long gone are the days of your paper resume sitting on the desk of a hiring manager. With the ever-evolving use of technology to assist humans in all endeavors, the hiring process is no different. Automation, machine learning, artificial intelligence, data science and analytics have changed the face of this once very human process.

If you’re currently looking for a job, this isn’t just interesting reading material. It is vital to understand exactly what’s going on behind the curtain in order to have a chance at being hired. You risk your resume never seeing the light of day otherwise. Amazingly, this holds true even if you are the perfect match for a job.

But don’t worry, you’re in luck. Half the battle is knowing the game. This levels the playing field. The other half is having the tools to play. This gives you the edge you need to win.

We’ll start from the beginning.

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How Creating a Targeted Resume Will Get You The Job You Want In 2019
How Creating a Targeted Resume Will Get You The Job You Want In 2019

January 21, 2019 | Michael Howard


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Today is Sue’s first day at her new job. She recently graduated from college with a Communications degree and was hired as a Human Resources Generalist at a manufacturing plant. She’s a little nervous because she’s only one of a three people in the department. For a company with over 500 employees, she’s worried she’s joined a team that is understaffed, given the size of the company. She’s been told her primary responsibility will be managing the hiring process. This feels overwhelming to her because during the interview process her now-boss said they received on average 80 resumes a week.

When Sue applied for this job, she knew her inexperience could be a roadblock in getting hired. An avid learner and technically savvy, she researched best practices in creating a resume with little to no experience. That’s when she learned about targeted resumes.

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