how to stand out for the smart recruiter
Today, the CV like many other traditions, is being disrupted. Now, there’s no reason to throw out your freshly updated resume just yet, but it might be worth knowing how recruitment systems are changing and how it’s going to help you standout in your next job application.
what is disrupting the CV?
Companies today are challenged to become more agile and lean, as highlighted in our previous blog about gig economy for employers – curse or blessing?. As a result, project based work is continuously replacing traditional line organizations. Fast and flexible access to knowledge, skills and extended workforces are key for companies to remain competitive. And how quickly their ability to scale, will come down to leveraging information – and evaluating and securing top talent even faster!
the traditional recruiter – the paper system is out
Using a traditional recruiting system (as shown in the diagram) with an on-demand workforce is already causing headaches for human resource departments.
Looking at current trends; as highlighted in the Linkedin global staffing trends report 2017. “ 79% of staffing firms will see an increase in the volume of candidates placed in 2017”. So as recruitment workload increases to find qualified candidates, traditional screening effectiveness such as assessment centers, will severely decrease.
At the other end of the recruitment spectrum, some companies struggle to find top talent. And with unemployment low, companies are competing to retain existing talent, causing even greater demand for subject matter experts. And subsequently from using traditional recruiting methods, they may not have considered potentially skilful candidates outside their conventional screening criteria.
Here lies the problem with traditional CVs – we’ve been told to keep them brief. In an attempt to not overwhelm recruiters with text heavy CVs, a “less is more” approach was preferred.
Shorter CVs are fine during an actual interview. But when a ‘smart machine’ is scanning through a summarized work history and skillset, it may not find keywords or relevant behaviours to match – and they unfortunately end up in the declined pile.
the smart recruiter – man and machine working together
Increased talent demand leads to adopting more sophisticated recruiting methods – employing data-centric software to speed up the recruiting process. And this is where it gets interesting. With machine based learning – it loves data. It not only scrapes a CV for relevant keywords; matching the job criteria, it also aims to understand where a candidate’s career has been and where it’s heading. Afterall, data is only worth the story it tells.
To do this – it searches for patterns, collecting one’s job history, education, experience, skills and many other factors. This data can then be evaluated alongside their behaviour’s (soft skills and passions), giving the A.I. capacity to predict even future employment opportunities. Now this may sound scary to some, but the advantage of including intrinsic motivation, will give the candidate and a prospective employer, greater opportunity of mutual success and growth.
future CV – how can you stand out?
Looking at how the recruitment process has changed – becoming a top candidate in a data driven workforce isn’t as daunting as you’d think. In preparation, all you need to consider is how profile evaluations are typically filtered.
The first part being keyword and keyphrase analysis. This process reduces the pool size significantly, picking top candidates based on their CV data. Below are key tips to help increase your visibility.
- Research job postings related to your targeted roles.
This gives you great insight into the specific language used and how you can word your CV to increase alignment.
- Include as much detail as possible,
even if not directly relevant to previous roles scope of work. This broadened detail can help highlight supporting elements you may have thought irrelevant to the position.
- Include your skills,
it is essential, but make sure you specify where these have supported a previous role. Doing so increases the value of these skills learned.
The second being the personality check. Here a recruiter matches your CV to the real you. Matching personality to company values has become just as important as aligning technical experience.
- Include your soft skills,
it can heavily influence a recruiter’s decision. Taking time to specify these qualities can demonstrate your ability to work across disciplines and support external teams.
- Tell a story.
Where you’ve come from and where you’re going in your career will help a company determine how your goals fits with their own.
- first impression counts!
Where companies won’t be entirely relying on internal data analysis, the video CV offers an immediate first impression of who they’re considering. This increases transparency and again speeds up the recruiting process.
What’s clear, is that as the future of work recruitment landscape continues to evolve with intelligent tools, so will the CV to provide the data. Transparency and speed during recruitment is vital for companies and talent to collaborate, build strong relationships and succeed in the agile workforce age.