Recruiters already use computers to sift through job applications – but this automation can mean they miss potential star employees. There might be a better way

Why pleasing AI headhunters could help you land your perfect job

APPLYING for a job can be a soul-destroying process. First you have to polish your CV and make sure your covering letter matches the job description. Then you send them off into the void, hoping they will catch the eye of a recruiter who will call you in for an interview.

But no human may ever read your résumé. For the past few years, the world’s biggest firms have been using AI recruitment software to filter job applications and streamline the process, and smaller businesses are increasingly interested, too.

That should make selection fairer and less open to abuse, in theory. But it can also make it harder to get a foot in the door (see “Found wanting – by a machine“). Now a number of companies want to change the way AI helps find the right person for the job.

Existing applicant tracking systems (ATS) typically scan …

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