Automated resume screening systems are currently in use at almost every large company in the world. With the economy on an upturn, employers are on track to start recruiting in larger numbers. And in order to keep up with the demand, automated resume screening systems are becoming almost a necessity in today’s workplace. The only problem with this type of screening is that some good candidates get left behind, and a lot of job-seekers think it’s unfair that companies are turning them down without even looking at their applications.
The humble beginnings of automated resume screening software were simply to help recruiters keep track of candidates through the entire hiring process. However, it has developed into more of a full-time receptionist that tracks keywords, years of experience, interests, and other types of candidate traits to help weed out 98% of applicants before they even hit the recruiter’s desk.
The pros and cons of automated resume screeners could be argued for days, but in the interest of brevity we’ve come up with the top three pros and cons of using this type of screening process. Although in many cases it’s a necessity, it sometimes means that candidates don’t get a fair shot if they’re not writing their resume specifically to be optimized for this kind of software.
Automated resume screening systems are used for a reason. The major benefit of using them is the time and energy saved when considering the millions of resumes some companies receive. Yes, there are some negatives, but they are usually considered worth the risk. But since each company is unique, you’ll need to decide what’s best for your company in the long run.
Jessica Miller-Merrell, SPHR, is an author, speaker, Human Resources professional, and workplace social media expert who has a passion for recruiting, training, and all things social media. She is the president and CEO of Xceptional HR, and a leader in the HR community with more than 12 years of industry experience. The author of Tweet This! Twitter for Business, Jessica was named by HR Examiner as the second most influential recruiter on the Internet and the seventh most powerful woman on Twitter. She is a columnist for both SmartBrief and The Huffington Post, in addition to Blogging4Jobs and Human Resources One on One. Jessica has been interviewed for professional articles in CIO Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, SHRM’s HR Magazine, and on CBS. Jessica earned a Senior Professional in Human Resources designation in 2008, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Business from Kansas State University. Originally from a small town in Kansas, Jessica currently lives near Oklahoma City with her husband, Greg and daughter, Ryleigh.