Imagine a Researcher who works with one of the Companies employing these Human Resources Automated Software Hiring process decided to test if the complains he has been getting were true. A job vacancy was announced, and he fired up his CV and cover note and uploaded the Job application through the company’s HR website.
He was VERY qualified for the Job, and also very good in writing CVs and Resume. After some days, he received an email that his Job application was unsuccessful because he does not have the skills that were required to do the job.
Now before you conclude, you will recall that this man is currently working in that Company and in same office, doing the same/more tasking job that was advertised in the Job Vacancy.
After a few days, as the Job vacancy was still advertised on the HR website, he decided to “specially” stuff the job description keywords in his CV and cover letter and after some days, he received a an email of his schedule for a face-to-face Job interview.
This goes to show the extent to which these Automated HR Software Hiring process has damaged the Workforce and its skill sets.
All is not lost; the problem would be on the willingness of potential Employers in reversing the trend on the use of these automated Software Hiring processes.
According to Mr Cappelli, Employers could “back off the strict requirement that applicants need to have previously done precisely the tasks needed for the vacant job” also they could “see if they could do the same with some training or ramp-up time.“
That is not all. Employers could also work together with their Software Vendors to update or redo these HR Hiring Software programs to avoid its pickiness and “flags for personal consideration rather than discards an applicant who doesn’t quite fit the specifics but might be able to do the job.”
This would rather help solve this problem of Skilled Joblessness, and avoid the catastrophe of Keyword stuffing on Cvs and Cover Note, and also give potential Employers the required and most sought after qualified Skills and employees who put their personalities in their jobs with the sole aim of maximising the Company’s lean resources.
So it’s either we walk Towards a Robotic World where you can Get Hired and Fired by Software, Or probably (but not advisable to) start Parroting Keywords from the job description into your CV. Either way, you should get prepared for what the future holds, and be prepared to take the “Bull by the Horn”.