Written by Santiago Leon- CPRW, Workforce Professional
Workshop Facilitator, Career & Job Search Strategist at KRA Corporation
A branch of logic designed to allow degrees of imprecision in reasoning and knowledge, typified by terms such as ‘very’, ‘quite possibly’, and ‘unlikely’, to be represented in such a way that the information can be processed by computer” Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 2014
I have explained this reality of Fuzzy logic in the classes I teach. When a participant states ” I was perfect for that job” or “I can do more/ I know more/I am better at doing X, Y or Z than any one in that organization”, they are frustrated because they were not selected for an interview. In their minds, there is no logical reason why they should not be selected for consideration. Therein lies the problem: the hiring process is closer to operating at a Fuzzy Logic level as opposed to purely a logical level. There are more factors that need to be taken into account that effect whom is chosen for the interviews.
As with Fuzzy Logic, a strong work history alone does not guarantee selection for consideration. It simply adds to chances of being selected
The Job Logic Breakdown:
Logic: This Position requires XYZ + I have XYZ = I SHOULD get an interview
“If I have everything the employer wants than logically I should be called in for the interview”
However, there are other factors that are considered in the selection process.
Fuzzy Logic: Position requires XYZ + I have XYZ – Application Tracking System x (internal candidates/ referrals )= I INCREASE my chances of getting an interview
Having a bulk of what the employer wants is a great start to being considered for an interview, but the other factors include insuring your resume can pass the Applicant Tracking System, internal candidates, or people who have someone in the company vouching for them. With these possibilities potentially being in action, no opportunity is guaranteed.
- The Applicant Tracking System can weed out ideal candidates for lack of keywords. If you have the experience but are relying on one general resume, it is possible that this software is keeping you out of contention. To improve your chances of being selected, tailor your resumes for each position and use the terms and key phrases that are found within the job description.
- Internal candidates and/or their referrals who apply have an advantage because they have a direct connection to the decision makers or their key influencers. To increase your chances of overcoming this obstacle is to become one of the candidates that the an employee referrals . Taking the time to network with people in the organizations you would like to work for can pay off in the future. When the position becomes available, you will have an advocate on the inside who is comfortable referring you for the position.
Due to the nature of Fuzzy Logic in the job search process, the most a jobseeker can do is prepare as best as possible and increase the chances of selection. Remember not to take rejection personally and internalize it. This can quickly develop into a pessimistic attitude that leads to self defeatism. Stay positive, learn from every encounter, try new tactics and remember every “No” brings you one step closer to a “Yes”.