Why you shouldn’t lie on your resume: Technology and the job seeker
It’s been five years since the infamous case of Andrew Flanagan, his ‘fake CV’ and the negative publicity that followed for one of Australia’s largest retail businesses.
In the age of AI, bots and data matching technology, would Flanagan have got to the stage of being offered the job – let alone commencing his employment – without being found out?
While faking an entire job and era in your career is well beyond the little ‘white lies’ that many people tell on their CVs, the days of being anything other than 100% honest in your CV are over.
Inaccurate dates, embellished job titles and misrepresentation of incomplete qualifications are among the most common ‘white lies’ job seekers tell on their CVs in an attempt to get that all-important interview.
However with sophisticated Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) and AI-powered data matching and fact-checking in play throughout the recruitment process, the truth is out there for recruiters and hiring managers – and it’s easier to find than ever before.
The upshot? Make your CV the ‘single source of truth’.
After all, our digital footprints are here to stay and while you can ‘cleanse’ your online presence of some things when you’re job searching, you can’t disappear completely. (And if you do, that in itself will raise alarm bells – ‘ghost’ candidates (ie those without a digital presence) tend to make recruiters a bit uneasy).
Recruitment superpowers: Big data and AI
Just as leaders use data and insights to make business decisions, candidate data provides recruiters and hiring managers with useful insights to assist in making hiring decisions.
Much of this data is automatically checked, extracted and highlighted when you submit your CV – your contact details, previous employment details, keywords, social profiles, referee details, location and even the personal interests listed on your CV.
Between AI technology and good ‘ole fashioned due diligence, you can be sure that the following checks and balances are happening when you are being considered for a job:
- Your CV is matched to your LI profile
- Your current CV is matched to previous versions
- Your qualifications are verified
- Your previous employment is verified
- People are Googling you
- People are looking at your LI profile.
Job seeking in the age of big data and AI: 10 tips to help you
Remember that your job search, your CV and your digital presence is exactly that – yours.
So while it’s impossible to ‘hide’ – you can own these things and their role in your job search.
Here are 10 tips to help you:
- Identify the keywords related to your ideal job. AI in recruitment is based on keywords.
- Use these keywords: Ensure the description of your experience and achievements in your CV and LinkedIn profile includes these same keywords (but don’t stretch the truth!).
- Follow 1 and 2 above for each role you apply for.
- Be up to date: Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date (and consistent with your CV).
- Be comprehensive: Include as much experience as possible in your LinkedIn profile, including volunteer work, internships etc.
- Keep it simple: Use a simple CV format (Word or PDF are best).
- Google yourself (so you know what others see when they Google you).
- Do a ‘spring clean’ of your digital footprint ie images and content connected to you.
- Check your social media privacy settings – make sure they are as secure as possible.
- Leverage LinkedIn: Start posting quality content on LinkedIn – and engage with others’ content.
While it’s important to be honest on your CV and ensure a consistent profile on and offline, the impact of big data goes beyond AI-powered applicant tracking.
Tune in next month to learn about how digital data and social media can enhance your job search.