What Does Artificial Intelligence Think of Your Resume?

Charlie Meek

Charlie Meek

For the last 20 years, Charlie Meek has led creative and brand marketing …


When you think of artificial intelligence (AI), what comes to mind? Do you imagine some sort of master computer that knows all? Do you think about films like I, Robot or Ex Machina?

Science fiction has warped our expectations of AI and robotics. We’re a far way off from a robot apocalypse, but AI has slowly entered into our everyday lives in a number of small ways.

Over the past decade in the recruitment industry, AI has played an instrumental role in sourcing and hiring candidates. AI systems have been reading resumes for years, getting increasingly accurate in doing so. These systems have allowed recruiters to skip lengthy database searches and go straight to the cream of the crop.

When reading resumes, AI applications make extensive use of natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning (ML), which may sound like a completely foreign language to some of you. Let’s explore both to understand just how the machines are reading resumes, what shortcomings they may have, and just how far this technology has come.

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