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Be so careful when filling out applications to order Education correctly

PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 1:45 pm
by Dave Jensen
We've discovered in new recruitment software (stuff that everyone uses, in both employers and in recruiting firms) and in web portal upload tools, that CV's must have their education listed in a uniform manner. You need to pay attention to this. Here's what happens if you don't . . .

We had an applicant get a "turn down" letter because the CV he sent was imported into our database and it said MS degree and BS degree, and this was a PhD position. He was upset when he got my email that we would not consider a MS candidate for a PhD posting.

He sent me an emailed copy of his CV once again, and before I imported it into our database, I looked closely. He had the PhD sandwiched in between the MS at the top, and the BS at the bottom for some reason (because he did both the MS and the PhD in the same lab). The software will screen out the middle degree, and only show the MS and the BS. That's because it's looking for the natural progression of BS, MS and PhD.

It's important to note these kinds of odd requirements and not to make your CV too different. This guy was wondering why no one was responding positively to his job applications.

Dave

Re: Be so careful when filling out applications to order Education correctly

PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 3:59 pm
by John D. D,
It's important to transcend forms as a means of communication. Especially for nonconformists!

Re: Be so careful when filling out applications to order Education correctly

PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:38 pm
by Dave Jensen
John D. D, wrote:It's important to transcend forms as a means of communication. Especially for nonconformists!


We're not talking about forms here, but about the wording on a PDF or WORD file submitted as a CV for a position,

Dave

Re: Be so careful when filling out applications to order Education correctly

PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:51 pm
by Nate W.
Dave Jensen wrote: The software will screen out the middle degree, and only show the MS and the BS. That's because it's looking for the natural progression of BS, MS and PhD.

It's important to note these kinds of odd requirements and not to make your CV too different. This guy was wondering why no one was responding positively to his job applications.

Dave


Dave, this is why a human should actually read the resume not a robot. Jeez, these silly HR recruiting algorithms. Wondering what would happen if one listed their degrees in descending: PhD, MS, and BS.

Re: Be so careful when filling out applications to order Education correctly

PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:14 pm
by MAP
Happened to me recently, but I did realise it was all wrong. Years, degrees... I was wondering why it happened, because usually these softwares are good