Through job search platforms, artificial intelligence games, and interviews, companies are increasingly relying on artificial intelligence to streamline the hiring process. However, some job seekers are frustrated and misunderstood these techniques.
Malika Devaux is a student at the place HOPE program, A Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization that offers internships. Devaux is looking for a job, and we asked her to take a 90-second personality test experiment that evaluates candidates for five great personality traits.
His results showed that he was pragmatic and carefree, but Devaux did not accept the artificial intelligence reading of his personality. And he found the test confusing. “I think [this test] would have missed an opportunity to get this position or opportunity at last, allowing me to shine, ”he says.
So how can you make algorithms work to your advantage when you apply for your next job?
In the latest episode of the MIT Technology Review podcast “Machines we trust” We asked practical experts on career and job opportunities for practical tips on how to succeed in a job market that is increasingly affected by artificial intelligence.
Reject traditional advice on resumes. Instead of choosing a unique design or color scheme and including solid job descriptions, focus on making it as simple and straightforward as possible, says Ian Siegel, founder and CEO ZipRecruiter.
“Traditional wisdom kills you in your job search,” Siegel says. “You want the simplest, most boring resume template. You want to write like a caveman in the shortest and sharpest words possible. “
In most cases, when applicants apply for jobs, their resumes are first processed through an automated applicant tracking system (ATS), Siegel says. If you want to increase your chances of getting an interview, you need to submit a resume that is accurately interpreted by artificial intelligence.
Use short, descriptive sentences to help artificial intelligence structure your resume, Siegel says. List your skills clearly. If possible, include information about where you learned them and how long you have used them, as well as any licensing or certification numbers that confirm your expertise. “You want to be declarative and quantitative because the software is trying to figure out who you are and decide if to put you in front of a human,” he says.
Also, don’t be discouraged from applying for jobs that require more experience than you have, as long as you meet some of the terms of the job description.
“If you have any of the skills listed, I want you to apply for it,” Siegel says. “Let the algorithms decide if you’re a good match or not, and they’ll sort you at the top or bottom.”
Create multiple versions of your resume. When you streamline your resume, you may be concerned that you have damaged its flow and readability. So prepare another version for people to look at, he says Gracy Sarkissian, interim CEO New York University Career Center.
“Some students say to me,‘ I did what you told me to do. I made sure my resume was full of keywords. And now it sounds like a cheesy marketing document, ”Sarkissian says. He instructs them to do another, individual design and format, to be emailed or handed over to managers for an interview.
You should also edit your resume to match the description of each job you apply for, Sarkissian says. Each job posting contains keywords that a potential employer’s ATS is likely to use to prioritize candidates. Choose a few that fit your experience and sprinkle them throughout your resume.