Artificial Intelligence

Whenever we hear Artificial Intelligence, the picture that invariably comes first in our mind is of robots and androids, isn’t it? However, the term ‘Artificial Intelligence’ denotes a larger demographic in terms of usage. In short, any computerized program that imitates the natural or human intelligence is called Artificial Intelligence.

In fields of job search and recruitment process, Artificial Intelligence, or more specifically, programs that are driven by Artificial Intelligence are intensely popular right now. If you are a job applicant and use any online services to find and apply for jobs, you must be acquainted with the Applicant Tracking System. Applications belonging to this category are examples of the practical use of Artificial Intelligence in the recruitment process.

What are Applicant Tracking Systems?

Applicant Tracking System, or ATS is a kind of software that helps companies in the recruitment process. Whatever a human hiring assistant can do, ATS applications can perform almost all those tasks in a fast and precise way. From sorting CVs and Resumes according to qualifications, shortlisting desirable candidates, saving their data and retrieving them when needed, to onboarding new candidates- an ATS can perform several tasks.

That’s why, globally, more than 70% top corporate companies and more than 80% startups are using one kind of Applicant Tracking System or the other. Some of the most popular Applicant Tracking Systems right now are Taleo , Greenhouse , iCIMS etc

How does an ATS work by using Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence is applied to Applicant Tracking Systems to allow them to perform tasks that would otherwise require human intelligence. An ATS performs the following tasks:

Posting a recruitment notice to multiple sites:

Thanks to job hosting sites like indeed and naukri, it is now easier for both the recruiters and the job applicants to reach each other. But there are so many online job portals available nowadays. Posting the recruitment notifications to each portal is a long a tedious process.

Thanks to ATS, they already store all the relevant information about such online job hosting sites and can post the same job to multiple sites simultaneously.

Parsing and sorting applications:

When applications start pouring in, ATS parses those resumes by matching them with the pre-set standards and ranks them in order of qualifications. Thus, when a human recruiter must intervene, he will be able to see only the top candidates without having to go through all the applications.

Storing and retrieving information:

ATS stores all the received applications and candidates’ information in its database. Later, when there is a new requirement available in the company, HR Managers can easily retrieve that information from the ATS database.

Helping in the interview process:

Applicant Tracking Systems can help in the interview process too. Before the actual interview, ATS can screen candidates with a few stock questions set by the recruiting authorities. During the face-to-face interview, an ATS can help the interviewer by quickly providing relevant information about the candidate as well as by helping them come up with suitable questions.

Onboarding new recruits:

Finally, when the recruitment process is over and it’s time to welcome the new recruits, ATS can help in the onboarding process too, by acquainting them with the company as well as the work they will be doing.

So, when recruiters can be benefitted from Artificial Intelligence in so many ways, why can’t the job applicants enjoy the same advantages from AI?

Well, they sure can. Here’s how.

How can a job applicant overcome challenges by using Artificial Intelligence?

When we are dealing with Artificial Intelligence, the primary thing that we need to remember is that AI cannot really match human intelligence and it works only with pre-set programs.

When AI is used in the recruitment process, ATS systems scans and sorts resumes basically by searching for the presence or absence of some pre-set values, more specifically, searching for some relevant keywords.

This puts the applicants at a disadvantage. In the era of ATS, it really matters how a candidate writes his application and resume. Sometimes, even after being perfectly qualified for a job, a candidate loses the battle because his application is not compliant with ATS applications.

So, to beat Artificial Intelligence, a candidate too can use Artificial Intelligence in forms of resume optimization tools like RezRunner. What these resume optimization tools do is they match the job description with a candidate’s resume or application. Based on the match, these tools also denote the missing keywords and other suggestions for improvements.

When a candidate use such tools and follow the instructions suggested by them, he can have a resume that is better compliant with the Applicant Tracking Systems. As a result, his resume ranks better in the ATS systems, and reaches the hands of the hiring authorities.

How does a resume optimization tool works?

There could be many reasons for not getting job. However, using AI helps you to improve chances. Using a resume optimization tool like RezRunner is easy. You just need two things: your resume and the job description for the job.

There are two fields in the tool. You need to copy and paste the job description and your resume in the respective fields and then run the application. The rest will be done automatically, and the system will show you all the relevant missing keywords. You can copy the list of keywords and use them on your resume to improve your chances of landing your dream job.

This is how a candidate can use Artificial Intelligence to his advantage and overcome challenges.