As a recruiter, you have the never-ending task of reviewing copious amounts of resumes as you try to fill multiple opportunities. Unfortunately, this daunting exercise doesn’t always allow the time to personally read each applicants CV. That is why computer programs help them weed through each application to pinpoint strong candidates while placing them into categories. Disappointingly this process is mundane and simply not one of strict human interaction.

Gone are the days when a recruiter reads each application, studies the resume, and looks past the narrative to see the true value of the person who applied. In today’s fast paced environment Artificial Intelligence and Computer Algorithm Software decides whether to allow the applicant to proceed or discard it all together.

How does one compete with this process to hopefully gain a face to face interview? Then be prepared to answer questions based on what is written in the CV? And perhaps what is not written… How does one prove your value through a detailed explanation, to include real time accounts of what he or she did while previously employed? How does one draft a resume to compete with various other applicants, especially when it might be difficult to predict what the algorithm is programmed to accept? Finding this pot at the end of the rainbow is my goal and should be yours as well.

I am one of the many thousands of individuals who have definite skill sets. I have a proven track record and as a veteran, can offer many traits that do not come with a certificate or degree. Traits like leadership, being in control under pressure, teamwork and dedication, integrity, goal orientated, and being loyal. I am able to work for as long as it takes to get the job done, all for the betterment of the company that employs me.

Like so many others, the downturn of the economy, obstacles that dictate the deferment of construction projects, and lack of government support, which adds to low investor confidence, have changed the playing field. Not to mention a country that seems to fight daily with themselves instead of working collaboratively to move the country forward in a positive way. Considering this, I must continue to remain positive and apply for any rare opportunity that presents itself. I must also keep in mind my application will be pooled with hundreds if not thousands of other applicants. And try to meet my financial obligations until a better situation arises.

Don’t get me wrong I have submitted many hundreds of applications, had some face to face interviews, and been on the receiving end of many rejection letters. Maybe this is due to the narrative of my resume and the fact that it is not written effectively enough to get past the computer program. Or the recruiter… Then, during the interview process, did the interviewer read my resume to look deeper, while trying to envision my potential? One can only speculate however; maybe I was not prepared enough to answer the interview questions. Again…speculation.

In my opinion, every recruiter must make a commitment to the applicant in relation to looking for the value in them. Dissecting the narrative to look for traits that would be a good fit for the hiring company should be their prime objective. Spending a few minutes during the interview to make the applicant feel comfortable, asking the right questions, and most importantly openly listening to the answers to hear what the applicant can truly offer. I am sure most recruiters and interviewers already do this but it was worth mentioning.

For the applicant, it is important to keep faith, review your own CV and reflect on what value you can bring forward. Looking at things like what you did in the past to make a positive contribution to the company you used to work for. Telling this story to the recruiters of potential employers will help them understand what you can offer. After all, looking for work is a full-time job, and so should the recruiting process.