We’re sure you’ve heard all about AI, or artificial intelligence, taking the business industry by storm, and while it’s clear that changes are coming, it’s not always clear exactly what changes will happen, when, and to whom. This uncertainty can be confusing and even distressing, especially as important questions start to arise: How do I tailor my resume to AI readers? Will my position even be needed this time next year? How do I protect myself from being replaced by AI? All of these concerns are arising as topics of discussion among recruiters, so it’s important that candidates are up-to-date on advances in AI.

The reality of the situation is that artificial intelligence is becoming more and more prevalent, and while we cannot pinpoint exactly how AI will evolve and change in the years to come, we do think it’s important to explore the potential effects of AI on job searchers. In fact, it’s already well known that AI is affecting every stage of the application process. For example, at many companies, AI will guard your gender and name during the application process in order to increase gender diversity. Additionally, some software actually put applicants through a virtual interview, measuring everything from the number of “please” and “thank you” uses to physical movements in order to determine whether an applicant is the right fit for a company.

Furthermore, in June 2017, Google announced that they would be implementing AI into their job search function by sorting through recruitment information to connect a candidates with the perfect positions. Other than creating a more efficient system for sorting through job openings, Google’s use of AI could also create a more transparent process in which the applicant can receive more feedback on their application and learn more about the companies to which they’re applying. While this makes HR jobs potentially easier, and helps to limit the number of resumes that fall into a black hole, Google’s use of AI should create even more competition, as the right candidates are being introduced to the right jobs.

Additionally, as more and more artificial intelligence enters the job-search market, norms for job-searchers are constantly changing. For example, information such as GPA and even experience is no longer as important as we once may have thought. AI is now learning how to assess a candidate according to exactly what a company needs, so a degree from Harvard isn’t necessarily any more impressive than one from a community college if one applicant has more relevant skills than the other. In this sense, AI doesn’t necessarily make the job search process any better or worse – just different.

So what can job searchers do to adapt to these changes in the application process? In short, not much. Adding keywords – but not too many keywords – into a resume helps, but otherwise there isn’t much we can do. Why? It seems as if AI is potentially making the job search process simply easier and more efficient, removing human bias and judgment and attempting to connect individuals to the best job possible.

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