Companies that receive a lot of applications do not have enough staff to look at them one by one. So do you want to work for a large company? Then your CV will probably be screened by specialized software before it reaches a recruiter. Terrifying? Not if you know how to impress HR robots.
Create a customized CV
Companies that want to automate their recruitment process usually opt for an ATS, fully Applicant Tracking System, such a system ‘reads’ all incoming CVs and ranks the candidates based on specific criteria. For example, if a company is looking for someone with a university degree, the software will first show CVs that contain the word ‘master’. The recruiter often only contacts those candidates. If you want to pass the first screening, please read the description of the vacancy carefully and adapt your CV accordingly. This way, the robot knows that you meet all the requirements. In other words, sending an identical CV to different companies is a no-go.
If a company is looking for a computer scientist, there is a chance that CVs without the word ‘informatics’ will immediately be referred to the proverbial wastebasket. So if you write that you have experience in IT, you may be overlooked. Therefore, incorporate as many synonyms as possible into your curriculum vitae. Anyway, you rank higher as a match as more interesting keywords come back on your resume. The website synonyms will undoubtedly give you inspiration.
Keep the layout basic
Software views your resume with eyes other than a recruiter. A beautifully designed document can, therefore, make an impression on a person, but not on an ATS. On the contrary, a complicated layout confuses such a robot. Therefore, they certainly do not use tables or headers and/or footers. This is because often, the text in it is not read correctly. Instead, opt for a sober design, with relevant intermediate titles such as ‘personal details’, ‘diplomas’ and ‘work experience’. This structure helps the software to process all information correctly.
Watch what you put online
Some ATS systems are linked to LinkedIn. If the information on your profile does not match what you write on your resume, you can easily fall for it other systems go even further. For example, certain recruitment companies use software to select candidates based on their digital footprint. That means that a robot scans the internet and can assess whether you fit into a company based on your interests, your posts on social media, and other online publications. The company in question can then contact you ‘spontaneously’. That doesn’t happen (anymore) only in the US, but also in some regions. So be careful what you post publicly if you don’t want to miss your dream job in the future.
Practice your appearance
Smart software can screen not only texts but also images. That is why international companies are increasingly experimenting with video applications. The software then analyzes, among other things, your movements, your intonation, the speed and the smoothness of your answers, to see which meat the company has in store. At the moment, it is still too early for the software to make decisions. Video applications are, therefore, also viewed by recruiters. But know that the findings of the robot are indeed taken into consideration. So it doesn’t hurt to practice a video interview with a friend or family member beforehand.