A Street survey found that employers have a very or somewhat difficult finding with the requisite soft . But what if employers e ing for soft and e not seeing them? The vast ity of mid-size and lge employers in the US, and utilize licant Sys.

e more employers that clm soft e hd to find than hd

licant Sys (ATS) make it possible for employers to post and man the hunds of licants who typicy respond to each . No manr res hunds of lications.

Instead, the ATS produces a manable number of viable candidates for the manr to re. How does the ATS do this? It’s not , but rather a keyword-based filter, comping resumes to the posted job description, and through candidates who e to be a better .

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The keyword-based filter at the top of the funnel of most employers has a number of interesting knock-on effects. One is the phenomenon of resume : candidates who litery copy description in white font into their resume in order to get past the . A second is an over-emphasis on nical .

Faced with the need to differentiate hunds candidates for every posting, employers have added many job requirements most of which e nical.

According to Burning Glass, nical dominate in terms of the sheer number of competencies demanded in job descriptions more than cognitive and soft combined for virtuy every eer.

While the dominance of nical in job descriptions is probably a reflection of the that it’s easier to come up with 10 nical requirements for a job than 10 different ways of saying problem solving or , this is the reality face in being seen by manrs. Because if they don’t have these nical , they’re not making it through the ATS filter. And if they’re not making through the ATS filter, they’re effectively invisible to employers.

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Does this mean ’s a soft short or that e late, disorganized poor communicators? The ctual, organized and well-spoken whom employers should want have played by the rules and completed degrees.

But because nely s and continue to live in a bubble, floating high above the mundane concerns of the mket, and because they continue to believe that of higher is to prepe for their fifth job.

s have not seriously undertaken to provide last mile nical ting to . So these e missing.

The is giving a to become visible to employers through last-mile nical ting

The second is that employers need to escape the tyranny of the keyword-based filter at the top of their funnel. Employers need to demand that their ATS vendors like Taleo () incorporate nologies that ow them to (and ) on competencies rather than key.

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The shift to competency-based is inevitable and broaden the top of the funnel to candidates with soft , and likely more diverse backgrounds than the current pedigree- and degree-based sy ows.

Gyroscope Anand Shma seems pretty when we meet up for a walk to The Mill, a hip cafe kn for its $4 toast in ’s NOPA neighborhood. It’s a re day in the and his tup is growing.

His self- platform with a sleek UI has added a and component and blood . He’s also closed on a sm sum of angel funding from key investors like Keyvon Beykpour.

Even has ted using Gyroscope, he tells me. Shma’s ed for well over two yes! He ced it AprilZero then but the idea grew to and anyone who wanted to track themselves on a range of different metrics relating to and .

The plan s w , what eat, in a ye and how much spend ing at the in front of .

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The platform seems like an out of the movement a with personal to improve r in some mental or physical way. But Shma shrugs off the suggestion.

I don’t like to place myself in that catery, he says. Mnly because those guys e little . He’s not wrong. The movement, also kn as logging, conjures up ims of folks weing si different bands, sensors on their s and measuring every little detl of their ions in every pt of their for what somes is very uncle.

But Shma, whom we’ve written about before when he was just getting ted, has shaped the platform up quite a bit since ting out. Gyroscope is in the !

He has about ivity components like how much spend the each day and added a bit of a competitive enhancement to the platform, owing to compe how many s took comped to r on the platform.

He’s also launching a feature this ced Insights, an component that ms to make connections between certn behaviors and what log on the platform. Shma tells me it would by drawing these connections and then sending push notifications to and re those using Gyroscope to do something relating to their als.

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