Get Your CV Past AI with This Easy Job Description Trick!

Cracking the AI Code: How to Sneak Past Resume Screening Algorithms

May 20, 2024
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Sam Goldberg
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In today’s competitive job market, standing out from the crowd is crucial. As companies increasingly rely on AI to screen resumes, understanding how to navigate this process is essential. In this blog post, we’ll explore a simple yet effective trick to ensure your CV gets noticed by both AI algorithms and human recruiters.

Why AI Matters in Resume Screening

Before we delve into the trick, let’s briefly discuss why AI plays a significant role in the hiring process:

  1. Efficiency: Recruiters spend a considerable amount of time reviewing resumes. Automating the initial screening process allows them to focus on more strategic tasks.
  2. Volume: Companies receive hundreds of applications for a single position. AI helps manage this volume effectively.
  3. Consistency: AI evaluates resumes based on predefined criteria, ensuring consistency and reducing bias.

The Challenge: Keywords and Job Descriptions

AI systems scan resumes for specific keywords and phrases. However, job seekers often struggle to identify the exact terms AI algorithms are looking for. Here’s where our trick comes in handy.

Job Descriptions (JDs):

  • Every job posting comes with a detailed job description. This document outlines the responsibilities, qualifications, and skills required for the role.
  • JDs are often written by hiring managers or HR professionals and reflect the specific needs of the company.
  • They contain keywords and phrases that highlight essential qualifications and competencies.
  1. AI Resume Screening:some text
    • AI algorithms scan resumes to identify relevant candidates.
    • These algorithms look for specific keywords and phrases that match the JD.
    • The goal is to filter out applicants who don’t meet the minimum requirements.
  2. The Keyword Gap:some text
    • Job seekers face a significant challenge: understanding which keywords matter.
    • While some keywords are obvious (e.g., “software developer” for a software engineering role), others may be less apparent.
    • AI systems consider both hard skills (e.g., programming languages) and soft skills (e.g., communication, teamwork).
  3. Variability Across JDs:some text
    • Each job posting has a unique JD.
    • Even similar roles at different companies may emphasize different skills.
    • As a result, tailoring your resume to match each JD is essential.

The Foolproof Solution: The Hidden Job Description (JD) Trick

Follow these steps to enhance your chances of passing AI screening:

  1. Find the Job Description (JD):some text
    • Locate the job description for the role you want to apply for. You can find it on the company’s website or job boards.
    • Pay attention to the language used in the JD. Note the keywords and phrases relevant to the position.
  2. Copy the JD:some text
    • Highlight and copy the entire job description.
  3. Invisible Integration:some text
    • Open your CV document.
    • Paste the JD into your CV using a tiny font size (e.g., size 1).
    • Change the text color to white. This makes the JD invisible to the human eye but still accessible to AI tools.
  4. Submit Your CV:some text
    • Submit your CV as usual.
    • The AI algorithms will scan the hidden JD, recognizing the relevant keywords.

Important Considerations

  • Customization: Repeat this process for each role you apply to. Job descriptions vary, so tailor your hidden JD accordingly.
  • Time Investment: While this method increases your odds of getting an interview, it does take extra time. Consider it an investment in your career.

The Double Punch: Referrals and Hidden JDs

Imagine this scenario:

  1. You submit a CV with the hidden JD.
  2. Get a referral via Draftboard so you’re giving yourself the best chance for success.
  3. You get shortlisted for an interview – a double punch!


Use this job description tip alongside networking and referrals to maximize your chances of landing your next role. Remember, a strong CV is just the first step; the real magic happens when you combine it with strategic tactics. Good luck!

H/T to Cami for sharing her experiences.  

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