By Rich Bond
The New York Times recently ran this article on how job seekers can get past the A.I. that screens resumes. (Résumé-Writing Tips to Help You Get Past the A.I. Gatekeepers) Companies think that they need automated screening of resumes because the internet has made applying to jobs so easy. The problem is that using the wrong keywords can sink your chances, even if you’re uniquely qualified. And worse, the A.I. can deny the hiring manager someone who might be perfect. The whole process is endlessly and needlessly frustrating.
At the same time, I find articles like this to be beyond stupid. The resume is as valuable to the preparer as it is to the recipient because it prepares the person for an interview. It’s not just a means to getting the interview.
It is like the old Star-Kist tuna ads, “Sorry Charlie, we want tunas that taste good, not tunas with good taste.” Companies need candidates who know themselves and who will add value, not just ones who look good to A.I.
My point of view may sound bit crotchety, but it’s none-the-less relevant.