Guidance counselors can keep their copies of What Color Is Your Parachute? to themselves, because neural networks may soon find you the right job.
In a recent paper, Baidu researchers revealed they’ve been working on a neural net that can match resumes with skills listed in job postings, finding the exact right match for positions, MIT’s Technology Review reports.
The neural network, bluntly called Person-Job Fit, identifies words and phrases in job listings, like “program management” and “project development,” and matches them to skills listed on a candidate’s resume, like “developing projects” and “managing projects.” If the algorithm identifies relevant experience on someone’s job history, the candidate will be flagged as a potential match for the job opening.
The network has a little learning to do, though. According to Technology Review, when it came time to sorting people by educational requirements, the algorithm was stumped because nearly every job required a “bachelor’s degree or higher” (Get your degrees, folks) and nearly every candidate had a bachelor’s degree or higher, which made it difficult for the algorithm to match candidates to jobs. Guess those guidance counselors and HR departments still have a job to do (for now).