Algorithms, chatbots, robots… Ok well this might sound even scary from job seeker’s perspective – what do all these actually even do? Will I even get to speak to real people anymore before a new job? Fear not! Let’s tackle how all these are used in recruitment nowadays and what they mean for you a job seeker.

Finishing up with the fourth and last post in the series of The Job Applicant’s Guide to Future Trends of Recruitment!  Recapping a bit from previous posts, these are LinkedIn’s 4 top trends of recruitment that you as a job applicant should know about.

All my posts include practical tips and career advice on how you can prepare yourself and take these trends into account when applying for your dream job. If you missed the previous posts, you can find them quickly from here:

  1. Diversity
  2. New interviewing tools
  3. Data
  4. Artificial intelligence

 Artificial intelligence

Who would be a better person to share some insights on the topic than the man behind “Artificial Intelligence – 101 Things You Must Know Today About Our Future” – e-book that has been rewarded the BEST AI e-book of all times! In today’s post I have the honour to introduce you a guest star, Lasse Rouhiainen. Here’s what he thinks about AI.

I personally believe that learning how AI works and understanding its implications for our lives is at least as important as learning to read and write. In other words, I recognize that we are now beginning to live in an era of AI, so it’s important to learn as much as we can about it early on. – Lasse Rouhiainen

Click the picture to expand – 9 Reasons Why Artificial Intelligence is Important Now (Infographic) via Lasse Rouhiainen

What does all this mean in recruitment and job seeking then?

Algorithms. Machine learning can take prescreening and matching of suitable candidates to the next level by looking at patterns in the resumes of successful candidates and identifying the most promising applications. How this shows for job seekers is that more companies are using technology to automatically and intuitively find the best candidates and as long as you are applying for jobs that are matching well your skills, you should be able to stand out faster from the crowd.

Chatbots. Chatting tools familiar from many other industries have arrived to recruitment too. They pop out to assist you, for example, registering your job application or CV or acting as the improved version of “frequently asked questions”.

It’s wonderful that you get help and answers right away – yet you secretly stay wondering whether you just made small talk to a robot or was it actually a real person behind there…

Robots. Some companies take the video interviewing to the next level by using robots (a.k.a. computers programmed with advanced algorithms) to analyze the video interviews at the beginning of the recruitment process. They can analyze not only your answers but even the language skills, body language and attitude. Based on the matches the candidates get forward in the recruitment process and proceed to next steps in the process eventually meeting with the recruiters and hiring managers.

By automating the repetitive parts of the process, recruiters get more time into those parts that require more human touch. From job seekers’ point of view this means better flexibility when you can answer the interviews right away without waiting time, transparency in the recruitment processes and quicker updates about your status so that you can focus on those jobs that best match your skills. Voilá!

3 Career tips related to artificial intelligence

1. Ease up your registration processes with LinkedIn and chatbots. Many companies are offering the possibility to pull your experience straight from LinkedIn. With one button the chatbots auto fill in details about your experience. Remember to check you apply to places where your skills meet the job requirements and bring your skills out clearly in your online profiles.

2. Make the algorithms work for you. Wouldn´t it be awesome to have someone working 24/7 looking for matching job opportunities based on your wishes and tirelessly offering them on a silver plate? The new recruitment and talent matching companies like Wisar are doing exactly this!

What’s not that commonly known is that also you as a job seeker can teach algorithms too. At the beginning, the algorithms are working in more general level and larger scale but gradually you can teach them by giving feedback and answering the job offers that you liked – and also adding the rejection reasons in case the job was not a good fit for you.

The more the algorithms receive your feedback the more they’ll learn and the more accurate job offerings you will be receiving in the future.

Also, if you are being contacted and offered job opportunities that don’t quite match your ideal jobs or career interests, it might be a good idea to make some adjustments into your online presence.

3. Wanna know more about AI? Take the free course about Elements of AI available online.  Regardless in which industry you are working at, AI will impact your life in the future, so don’t get left outside – get to know it, embrace it and see how it could open up new ideas and doors possibly also career wise.

Finland, the land of free and equal education wants to become the number 1 in artificial intelligence so The University of Helsinki in cooperation with Reaktor offers a free course Elements of AI that anyone can take for getting the hang of what artificial intelligence really is.

I can warmly recommend this and challenge you too to take part in it. AI & aim high!

That’s it for today! Thanks for taking the time to read the 4th post related to this blog series.

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