Ever since the first online job application process was used, several decades ago, the practice of automation of the process has continued, and even accelerated at a dizzying rate. Today, it is very customary for most larger companies (and even small startups) to use Candidate tracking software which tries to make life easy for those that are doing the hiring, but which often (according to candidates) screens inappropriately or too rigorously based on key-word search, producing inconsistent results.
This problem is substantial, because unless using the exact key-words sought after by the hiring manager, presumably picked specifically for each individual job, then one’s resume goes into the pile of the rejected. Candidates might argue that their resume clearly indicates experience in a specific skill, but that the use of the keyword was unnecessary—because it would be tacitly assumed by any knowledgeable human reader.
There is a solution to this, which…