5 Resumé AI Tools To Get More Interviews

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AI is taking over!

And the hiring process is also a part of that journey.

I once went to an HR exhibition. Would you believe there was this one company that had an AI system that actually conducted interviews?

It would ask you standard interview questions, and actually tracked your voice and facial expressions and gave you a score on how you performed.

It monitored things like tone/pace of your voice, eye movement, facial expressions.

Freaky stuff eh?

While we are still a long way from robots doing a recruiter’s job, AI has already made its way to the resumé industry.

You may already know that AI tools like Oracle Taleo and SAP Successfactors are used for scanning resumés for keywords.

They are commonly called ATS (Application tracking systems).

Fortunately, there are also tools on the job seekers side.

They help you get past the ATS so that your resumé will be shortlisted for human eyes.

Below are 4 tools you can try out to make sure your resumé gets past the ATS.


Still the all time favorite among many career coaches, JobScan is the leader in scanning your resumé for keywords and comparing it to the job description you are applying for, and giving you a score.

You should aim for at least 55%, although JobScan recommends 80% (which is very challenging to accomplish if you’re applying for many jobs).

55%, it has been said, is a competitive score to go with.


“Designed by top recruiters, our AI-powered platform instantly gives you tailored feedback on your resume and LinkedIn profile.”


“SkillSyncer is a free resume keyword optimizer and job application tracker for job seekers. Our tool intelligently identifies skills and keywords missing from your resume when compared to a job description.”


“Our AI-powered free resume builder is trusted by thousands of job seekers. Create an ATS optimized resume and tailor it to any job application in only minutes.”

But remember…

These tools only get you past the ATS software that is looking for keywords.

You still have to get past human readers if you want to get short-listed for the interview.

While the above tools will certainly give your resumé and LinkedIn profile a nice little boost in recruiter views, please don’t believe that these tools alone are enough to win the recruiter’s heart.

You still need to be sure the skills and responsibilities in your resumé is a close match to what is in the job description.

While these tools will ensure you’ve selected the right words, you still need the right sentences in your resumé that market and sell you as the best employee for the job.

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One Response

  1. Hi Connel

    This guidance on Jobscan is very helpful – thank you!

    I am using this platform to optimize my applications – and I’ve never managed yet to get a resume to an 80% match with any job description, although I have generally got it to match to the late 60s or 70s on all my direct applications (to date).

    So it seems to be virtually impossible to get an application to 80% no matter how hard you try, and 55% is far more attainable.

    And yes, you definitely have to write the right words, and not just keywords.

    There is some debate about whether companies actually use ATS’s to filter applications.

    An Amazon recruiter that I watched do an incredibly useful talk just recently, flat out said that they do not use them as they don’t entirely trust them. Instead, they manually scan the applicant pool for a job – @ 15-20 seconds per resume – until they find enough viable candidates – i.e. 6+ – to consider and put forward (i.e. they definitely don’t look at everyone who applies if the applicant pool is in the 100s).

    Yet interestingly, I’ve just got notice of an initial interview with a company with the first-ever application I made using Jobscan to optimize it. Whether there is a relationship between the two – I don’t know, but I also in-mailed the lead talent recruiter when applying.

    I got no response, but it may have helped nudge the person regardless.

    And, in general, I am using LinkedIn much more proactively these days. It seems to be a better job search strategy to combine social selling with direct applications, so much so that I’ve researched LinkedIn very carefully to do this.

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