Social Media, Job Search and AI

In the linked article Harriet Jones, at Sonovate, raises the issue of the new way in which Company Facebook accounts are able to post their current jobs, a move, perhaps, into direct competition with Linked In. It's obviously an interesting move by Facebook, coming as it does with their reiteration that they are a social enabler and that this is what their users want - a dichotomy that, to me, this new initiative does  nothing to lessen.

Posting jobs to job boards and across any social media can, and usually does, result in a deluge of CVs in response, the vast majority (as anyone on the receiving end will attest) being from wishful thinkers and those with a devil may care attitude to clicking "send" without most, or any, of the attributes needed for the job. Being on the receiving end of this CV mountain is hugely problematic, particularly for smaller & medium sized organisations who do not have a large HR department dedicated to recruitment. 

When you're  trying to find someone to fill a much needed gap in your company, as well as continuing your every day role & responsibilities, how do you deal with this? Do you put your faith in those automated processes - mostly now given the disingenuous name of AI - that screen CVs, "sifting out those resumes without the requirements and qualifications". Sometimes I think that those in IT who have decided to tackle this issue believe that we all hate candidates. One of the marketing pieces for just such software had the phrase: "....because it automates a low-value, repetitive task that most recruiters hate to do anyway".  I'll just run you through that again: looking through applicants CVs is now seen as "low-value".

And, of course, this is before we even consider the CVs themselves. Any recruiter will tell you that CVs come in all manner of shapes and sizes; that every candidate's much sweated-over final CV will never tell the full story. Key word searches and the like, no matter how "intelligent" the system, are just that. They search what is on the page and all further meaning, any human recognition & inference is deemed non-essential.  CVs do not all fill in the same blanks, do not all follow the same routes to a job because people don't.  

Anyway, let's see what you think and I look to the future with no less optimism for the role of proper recruiters.

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