When looking for jobs or searching for candidates, the documents we draft are similar to the documents we read. Consider job posts and résumés. While the job post describes the skills we’re looking for, the résumé describes the job skills we have.
So what if there was a way to automatically match job posts to the most fitting résumés? The skills on a résumé would match up with the skills required on a job post. This system could sort through thousands of résumés and job posts, calculating a “percent fit” for each match. It could sort out the best fits and present job seekers and employers with a short list of good matches.
An employer’s first glance at a résumé belongs to a job seeker with the exact skills needed. And all without performing any keyword search or browsing vague job titles,
It’s a great concept, but there are some obstacles to making such a system work. For instance, the system would also have to address location and language. It would need the ability to match a job’s work environment with a job seeker’s preferences. But the biggest complication is that neither the résumé nor the job post is designed for this. These documents aren’t designed with enough structure to make automated matching effective or even reliable.
Most skills can be described in a myriad of ways. A system based on keyword matching résumés to job posts could get caught up on the wrong words. The system may not distinguish the difference between, for instance, experience in SAP ERP as an end user versus SAP ERP as a professional consultant.
Another problem with the résumé is that it is—by definition—a summary of one’s work experience and is not necessarily comprehensive of all of someone’s skills. Typically, job seekers tailor their résumé to a specific job of interest. They will leave out skills irrelevant to the job and embellish others of higher priority. This could potentially skew the results provided by an automated skill-matching system.
Is this great idea to good to be true?
We sure hope not, because we’ve built a system that overcomes these obstacles, and we’ve launched it in the Information Technology jobs space, where the problem of finding niche skills is greatest.
ITJobMatch.com uses a comprehensive taxonomy of IT products and skills to connect job seekers with employers. Employers and job seekers select the skills from the taxonomy that they either need or possess. By doing so, they generate structured job posts and profiles specifically designed to be paired with each other on a “percent fit” basis without relying on resume parsing or keyword search.
While other online job boards are search engines, ITJobMatch.com is truly a match engine.