With being on the hunt for a co-op this summer in Toronto for my business program, there has been one thing that I have really noticed, especially coming from a small town, is how many companies use software that scans through applicants resumes picking out key words and only picking out a small amount of applicants that have a higher percentage of the key words that the hiring department chose for the specified job. I know that with the amount of applications that these companies receive for one job is way more than any hiring department could handle, especially in the short amount of time that they are given to hire an individual for the job.
Companies use these software systems to also cut down on hiring costs, but what could these systems miss causing them to loose the perfect candidate?
We have started to see companies integrate new systems that ask questions and even asks how the applicant would deal with a problem that an employee in that position would deal with in a weekly basis. This is to find the correct applicant for the job by using a prescreened interview type scenario, using a question list to help the hiring team find an applicant that they are looking based on their personality and their train of thought. This is how some companies are bridging the gap in finding the right candidate for the job, fixing the key terms software.
With applicants finding ways to beat the key terms that companies use for finding the right candidate they are finding new ways to fix the system. Many people have made good money from selling books and advice on how to beat companies systems to get an interview for a job.
It is too bad that companies can’t go back to the old way of interviewing each applicant, and most companies don’t like to accept resumes from headhunters unless they hired the headhunters.
Thankfully with more and more companies using LinkedIn we are seeing a new way to get companies to know you, and see who is passionate about their work. I have found LinkedIn to be an essential asset for any individual who is looking for a job. You want to increase people coming to your profile, and want to connect with people over LinkedIn. There are great articles out there that explain the do’s and don’ts of LinkedIn and in the next few weeks I will be summing up these articles to bring you my followers some beneficial information.