With the number of job applications received by companies rising, employers have resolved to automate as much of the recruitment process as possible. This started more than a decade ago with simple programs that scanned text CVs for keywords. It has now expanded to include quizzes, psychometric tests, games, and chatbots that can reject applicants before a human being ever glances at their CV. Because of this technological development, job seekers need to prepare for whatever format a prospective employer chooses.

So, how can you impress these robots and boost your chances of being hired?

Pay extra attention to the keywords in the job description.

Artificial intelligence recruitment systems often work by looking for keywords and phrases, it’s important to know which ones to use. One of the best ways to increase your chances of being selected is to match how you talk about yourself in the resume as they talk about the job in the description.
Some of the most critical keywords to look out for are the position title, the job’s location, and certifications or degrees if vividly listed in the candidate requirements’ section.

Formatting is more important than ever.

If you use obscure language or submit an application with formatting issues, the system will not fill in the gaps or make allowances for you as a human being would. You need to double-check and ensure that you avoid shorthand in texts, and complete form sections correctly. In addition, a “beautiful” resume is one way that job applicants hope to appeal to hiring managers who are human beings, but those graphics, tables, and pictures often trip up the applicant tracking systems, which look to strip out information. You may increase your chances greatly if you leave out tables, pictures, and columns. Stick to basic lines and well-defined sections with headers—preferably of outstanding sizes.

We believe that with the right formatting and deliberate inclusion of keywords, your chances of being selected by an applicant tracking system will be boosted greatly. That said, you should ideally aim to create a resume that appeals to both humans and robots since you don’t know who exactly is looking at your application; in fact, resumes that make it through the systems will eventually wind up in the hands of a real human being.

All the best!

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