Artificial intelligence (AI) is being used by universities across the UK to optimise students’ CVs and increase their chances of securing job interviews.
The AI tool, CV360, has been developed by UK technology company Abintegro, who provide customised career development platforms to the careers teams of over 75% of UK universities with the sole purpose of making a measurable impact on the employability of their students.
The universities of Exeter, Lancaster, Bristol, Edinburgh and Nottingham Trent are among 50 UK academic institutions that recently launched CV360 to enhance their student employability offering.
Higher education careers advisors agree that reviewing a CV is a vitally important service for students, but each one can take around 30 minutes on average to complete and careers teams struggle to scale this labour-intensive service. Whether a university has 5,000 or 25,000 students, CV360 enables careers teams to provide a consistent, high-quality and scalable approach to CV support at a time when university budgets are under pressure.
It is not just about the time CV360 saves careers teams, as there’s an education in the 50+ checks the tool runs too: namely in how a machine will read the CV.
Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) or CV scanners are being used more and more extensively by organisations to make it easier to manage hiring processes, and with a vast number of CVs being uploaded to sites that vet CVs, it’s highly likely that a CV will be analysed by a machine before a person has looked at it.
CV360 scores a CV against over 50 checks that commonly trip up an ATS and frustrate a hiring manager, and provides students with detailed feedback on key areas such as presentation, structure, skills and language – the latter is great for those with learning difficulties such as dyslexia. There are also unique checks, such as time-to-read, average sentence length, employability skills found and dominance of skills identified from a database of almost 35,000 skills.
Speaking about the launch of CV360, Tony Heard, Managing Director at Abintegro, said:
“Technology is changing the face of the job application process at an unrecognisable pace. We believe it’s vital that our clients are suitably equipped with the tools they need to keep up with these advancements in order to offer the best employability support to their students.
Following months of planning, we are thrilled to launch CV360 to our academic clients. Using AI-powered technology, CV360 enables careers teams and students to understand exactly how an ATS would interpret a CV. This, combined with freeing up careers teams to provide higher-value CV feedback and support, enables institutions to put every student in the strongest position for securing the all-important graduate outcome.”
CV360 launched in the UK two weeks ago, coinciding with the start of the academic year, and over 15,000 CVs have already been scanned, with 500,000 CV scans forecast by June 2020.
Initial insights reveal that of the 15,000 CVs scanned:
The tool is also set to roll out to 50% of Australian universities throughout October.
Lancaster University’s careers team launched CV360 to students in September and have been impressed with its capabilities.
“The CV360 tool is a brilliant enhancement to Lancaster’s employability service” said Matthew Howard, Undergraduate Careers Manager at Lancaster University Management School. “We are utilising it within our in-curriculum careers modules for all students.”
This AI CV tool is the latest addition to the Abintegro Career Centre, containing a complete set of career tools and assessments alongside thousands of e-learning resources, designed to make a measurable impact on the employability of students.
To learn more about CV360, watch our two-minute explainer video.