Don’t you just love sifting through all of the available jobs at the many online jobsites…says no one, ever. No, job searching online is a very challenging task due to several things – the sheer volume of potential jobs, the different tasks required for each online job submission, and the fact that you could be wasting your time because a listing is outdated, filled or not that great a fit. Fortunately, AI is available to step in and save the day.
AI – as in Artificial Intelligence – is now an actual tool at work in helping millions of online job seekers find the right jobs for their needs. As one article notes, “Too often, we think we’ve scored our dream job with the company we’ve long admired from afar, only to end up realizing it just wasn’t the right fit. There are so many factors to consider: the work culture, the hours, how much you need to travel—maybe even whether dogs are allowed in the office.”
This is why several different software designers have now used their skills to create better tools for online job seekers and jobsites. One is Beansprock that relies on natural language processing along with AI to match information input to ideal jobs. It is, as that same article explained part of an enormous shift towards AI in the job hunt. “Big tech companies, including Google, Facebook and Baidu, already use AI …startups are getting into the game as well, looking to remake the length and breadth of the business world—including job hunting.”
Naturally, AI needs a lot of authentic data, and the best systems don’t allow their users to control everything entered into the system. Instead, the systems in use ask an individual to take a few moments to answer specific questions about important issues. The size of a company, phrases or words describing the culture, the skills you have, and more. Then, you are asked to link online profiles, such as LinkedIn profile to give the software even more data.
The AI takes this information and runs it against the updated job listings it pulls from all available online sources each day. Running it against everything from salary requirements and locations to those cultural terms you input, and the algorithm then delivers the most appropriate matches. Some even ask if you are willing to enhance job skills, relocate or other options in order to deliver the most comprehensive lists.
Another well-known platform that rolls AI into the job search is EdGE Networks. This is a unique spin on the concept, and it involves the creation of “sharp job descriptions armed with pertinent markers” that can be readily matched to pre-existing resumes and digitally input profiles. It then scores and ranks both sides of the equation and brings up the jobs that seem the most likely matches to the individual resumes. Like the Beansprock example, “helps determine the career path of talent, assess skills gaps and bridges these gaps by recommending relevant learning paths”, supporting both job seekers and employers.
AI is transforming business in many ways, including HR and job seeking. With its intense pattern recognition and cognitive powers, it is a natural tool for organizations as well as individuals and is sure to grow as a tool in job seeking.
By Jamie Groom