The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) means your CV must go through automated analysis and filtering before it lands in someone’s inbox.
The Daily Mail reports that these AI-sorted applicant tracking systems are being used by large and medium-sized companies around the world.
According to a 2019 study, three out of four CVs are never seen by a person.
To get your resume past the AI bots, you need to be smart and avoid these nine mistakes:
AI systems that scan process resume text.
If you list your important skills and qualifications in the picture, it will be ignored.
All key elements of your resume should be in text form.
Just like search engine optimization identifies websites, ATS looks for specific job-related keywords in resumes.
If your resume doesn’t include keywords in the job description, it will get a lower match score.
However, be careful about overbidding keywords.
Some candidates try to trick artificial intelligence by stuffing their resume with keywords.
Here is a rule. For each previous position mentioned on your resume, include two or three keywords that match the job you’re applying for.
Multiple columns, unusual graphics or alignments can disrupt these systems.
Your CV should have a clear and simple layout with standard margins and clear headings for each section.
Don’t use fonts to stand out
Using “creative” fonts may seem like a great way to stand out, but they can cause confusion with automated systems.
Here are the ideal fonts to promote CV readability through AI.
-Times New Roman
AI is not very good at sarcasm or flowery language. They are designed to search for specific keywords and specific information.
Sarcasm, sarcasm, and tongue-in-cheek humor should probably be avoided.
For example, if your job title is “Creative Product Evangelist,” the AI won’t tell you that it’s actually a “Marketing Manager” position.
Therefore we must always take into account that we are addressing an AI and cannot always understand what is obvious to us.
This is an easily overlooked detail. Some ATS platforms may have difficulty reading resumes in certain file formats. It is best to stick to commonly used formats such as .docx or .pdf.
Don’t list accomplishments without context. AI cannot understand it. For example, instead of saying “20% increase in sales,” say “We implemented a new marketing strategy that increased sales by 20% in one quarter.”