The AI-driven Job Search is Changing the way Companies Hire: A Guide for the Unemployed and Underemployed from a Staffing Company’s Perspective

The rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has transformed various sectors, including the realm of job hunting , recruitment and the staffing industry. Trying to search and apply for jobs in 2023 is changing rapidly.  Just applying for a job 1 year ago is quite different if you are unaware of how organizations are using AI for assistance in their hiring process.  If you’re someone currently unemployed or underemployed, navigating this landscape can be confusing if you are unaware of the changes. However, with the right understanding, you can use AI to your advantage. I wanted to provide a guide to help you understand the AI-driven changes in the job market and how you can adapt take something confusing and make it a great opportunity.

  1. Automated Application Screening: The ATS

Previously, HR representatives would go through each CV manually. Now, many companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). These are AI-driven tools designed to scan, parse, and rank job applications to streamline the hiring process.

How to apply this to your job search:

– Tailor your CV and cover letter to each job application. Ensure you use keywords from the job description to improve your chances of passing the automated screening.  Here are some simple tips to follow:
  • Follow the job description
  • Design for ATS first, HR second
  • Avoid complicated formatting. …
  • Write out months and years (always include dates)
  • Save your resume as a Word document
  • Avoid white font/invisible keyword stuffing
  • Test the ATS-friendliness of your resume
  1. AI-Powered Job Matching Platforms

Numerous job searching tools now use AI to match candidates with job opportunities based on their skills, experiences, and preferences. These platforms often provide a more personalized job-search experience that can actually help you.

How to apply this to your job search:

  • Get as many proven job searching systems working for you as possible.  Consider signing up on platforms such as LinkedIn, Indeed, or Glassdoor, and make sure to complete your profile. Not only does filling out your profile completely make you more searchable, but the more information these platforms have, the better they can match you to relevant positions.  Each of these platforms reward you with being searchable when your profile is completed.  This is a very important step to remember.
  1. Digital Interviews and AI Evaluations

This particular space is changing daily.  There is a very competent Staffing software that has AI conduct the interview via phone.  I have watched it perform at a staffing conference and it is shocking how realistic it is.  Virtual interviews, powered by AI, can assess not only your answers but also your tone, facial expressions, and more. Some platforms even offer real-time feedback during mock interviews.

How to apply this to your job search:

  • Most people have not practiced how they appear on a virtual screen.  Practice makes perfect. Use platforms that offer AI-driven mock interviews to receive feedback and improve.
  • During virtual interviews, ensure you are in a quiet, well-lit environment to help AI tools assess you accurately.
  1. Skills Assessment via AI

Anyone who has applied for a job on indeed has likely experienced a testing feature.  Although they have recently restricted this option for companies to use.  Companies are now using AI-driven tests to gauge a candidate’s skills and suitability for a role.

How to apply this to your job search:

  • Be prepared to take online tests that might be evaluated by AI for precision and aptitude.
  • Always be honest in these assessments. AI tools are designed to detect inconsistencies.
  1. Ongoing Learning and AI

We are all in the same boat with AI.  It is very new and it is changing so rapidly that even the experts are trying to catch up.  So give yourself some grace.  You are likely not that behind.  However, every job seeker needs to know the integration of AI in the job market underscores the importance of continuous learning. AI offers myriad online courses and resources tailored to individual learning paths.

How to apply this to your job search:

  • Use AI-powered platforms like Coursera, Udemy, or Khan Academy to upskill or learn new skills. They can recommend courses based on your career aspirations.
  • Stay updated with trends in your industry. AI might be introducing new tools or practices you should be aware of.

AI is undeniably changing the face of job searching, recruitment and staffing. While these changes are overwhelming for most people, they also present opportunities. By understanding and adapting to these AI-driven shifts, you can position yourself favorably in today’s job market. We are in the midst of rapid change.  Embrace the technology, stay proactive, and remember: AI is a tool. Your determination and adaptability give you an edge to your competition who is applying for jobs using the same old way.