Make sure your application gets read
Some large companies use software to scan applications looking for keywords. If the keywords are not found the application is rejected before it gets seen by a human being.
Software will often be company and role-specific, so you must tailor your application to the job you are applying for. You should repeat back key words and phrases used in the job description.
Use the links below to get more information about scanning software and how to 'beat' it:
Your rights under the Data Protection Act (2018)
Candidates have the right under DPA not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, for example automated shortlisting where candidates without a particular level of qualification are automatically filtered out before the applications are considered by the recruiters.
Under the DPA, employers can use automated decision-making only if it is:
Necessary for entering or performing a contract, which could be the case if there is an exceptionally large volume of applications for each vacancy, for example;
- Authorised by law; or
- With the candidate's explicit consent.
If an employer does use automated decision-making, it must advise candidates of this in its information notice. It must also allow candidates to contest the automated decision by giving them the right to an alternative means of making the decision, using human intervention.