Rebel Human Resources Podcast

Rebel HR Rant: Applicant Tracking Software Keywords and the way to beat the system

October 23, 2020 Kyle Roed, The HR Guy Season 1 Episode 16
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Rebel HR Rant: Applicant Tracking Software Keywords and the way to beat the system
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Rebel Human Resources Podcast
Rebel HR Rant: Applicant Tracking Software Keywords and the way to beat the system
Oct 23, 2020 Season 1 Episode 16
Kyle Roed, The HR Guy

Rebel HR Rants are 5 minute segments to give you a quick perspective on the world of HR.  Kyle gives advice on various topics to help you in your role as a people leader, employee, or HR professional.

This Quick Tip is in response to the massive increase in applicants for open positions.  This has resulted in many HR professionals using Applicant Tracking Software (ATS) with AI assistance screening for "keywords".  Kyle calls this out for what it is:  Weird. 

Keywords are just another way to say bulls&%t.  A resume shouldn't be a SEO keyword document that gets a computer generated AI bot to submit your resume to the hiring manager.  I thought this was Human Resources! 

Learn about the approach you can think about as a job seeker or HR professional. 

Rebel HR is a podcast for HR professionals who are ready to make some disruption in the world of work.

We'll be discussing topics that are disruptive to the world of work and talk about new and different ways to approach solving those problems.

Follow Rebel HR Podcast at:

www.rebelhumanresources.com
https://twitter.com/rebelhrguy
https://www.facebook.com/rebelhrpodcast
www.kyleroed.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kyle-roed/

Rebel ON, HR Rebels!  

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Show Notes Transcript

Rebel HR Rants are 5 minute segments to give you a quick perspective on the world of HR.  Kyle gives advice on various topics to help you in your role as a people leader, employee, or HR professional.

This Quick Tip is in response to the massive increase in applicants for open positions.  This has resulted in many HR professionals using Applicant Tracking Software (ATS) with AI assistance screening for "keywords".  Kyle calls this out for what it is:  Weird. 

Keywords are just another way to say bulls&%t.  A resume shouldn't be a SEO keyword document that gets a computer generated AI bot to submit your resume to the hiring manager.  I thought this was Human Resources! 

Learn about the approach you can think about as a job seeker or HR professional. 

Rebel HR is a podcast for HR professionals who are ready to make some disruption in the world of work.

We'll be discussing topics that are disruptive to the world of work and talk about new and different ways to approach solving those problems.

Follow Rebel HR Podcast at:

www.rebelhumanresources.com
https://twitter.com/rebelhrguy
https://www.facebook.com/rebelhrpodcast
www.kyleroed.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kyle-roed/

Rebel ON, HR Rebels!  

Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/rebelhumanresources)

I'm Kyle Roed and this is the rebel HR podcast. Rebel HR is a podcast for HR professionals who are ready to make some disruption in the world. Follow us online on Facebook at rebel HR podcast, Rebel human resources.com. Follow me on twitter at rebel HR guy. On today's quick tip show, we're gonna be talking about applicant tracking software or ATMs if you're super hip. In the world of HR. There's been a lot of talk about applicant tracking software in the world of job seekers. A lot of times what you'll hear about applicant tracking software is the concern about making sure that your resume has the appropriate number of keywords so that the applicant tracking software will find your resume and get it in the hands of a hiring manager. Well, this all sounds fine and dandy. I missed the class in HR School, where they told me that the best candidates had the best keywords on their resume. Another word in my mind for keyword is BS. If somebody can fill out a resume full of fancy and flowery corporate buzzwords, then they have a better chance of getting caught by applicant tracking software. And getting that in the hands of a recruiter. It's totally weird. If you are an HR practitioner, and you are using an AI software to screen through resumes, I would encourage you to understand the limitations of that type of software. Right now it makes sense because we have so many resumes coming in with the huge unemployment numbers. We're not used to seeing that many resumes as we're posting jobs off time. So it makes sense to have some sort of a screening filter method. But if you are looking purely at the type of keywords that are used, on a resume, you're going to miss qualified talent, you need to have a human touch as you are recruiting, and you need to make sure that you are taking a look at a resume holistically. If you are an applicant and you are filling out a resume and you want to make sure you quote, beat the screening software, I would ask yourself, instead of trying to make sure that your resume matches all of the keywords in the position profile that you want it to. Instead, you need to target that company in a way that's appropriate for that role. A lot of times most of the most effective job searches are done through networking and connecting with others. If you have a connection, if you have an interest, if you have a passion, there are so many ways that you can go get connected with an organization right now and get your resume in the right person's hand. You can do a quick Google search, you can find out who is in human resources at that company. You can find contacts for hiring managers in the departments that you're applying for all of that information is out there, there's so much data that you can do that. Take the time to do that. If you really care about the job, HR people, if you're listening to this, and you're thinking, Oh, I hate it when people reach out to me or send me blind LinkedIn requests, or Geez, I just I can't stand all of these emails from applicants. My question is why? That tells you that somebody is engaged, that shows you that somebody is interested, that tells you that somebody took the time, energy, put in some sweat equity to figure out who you are, and what you do, and make the effort to get that resume into your hands. For me, that's a clear sign that that person is a hard worker, that person cares. And that person is the kind of person that I want on my team. There's a balance here. If somebody sends you a resume every single week and says have you looked at this yet, that might be a little bit much. But ultimately going out and doing the research and doing the work is exactly what I want and an employee. Let's give everybody a little bit of grace. And if all you're looking at his keywords, looking at the wrong thing. Thanks. Follow us on Facebook at rebel HR podcast, Twitter at rebel HR guy or see our website at rebel Human Resources calm using opinions expressed by rebel.