Benefits to customers who buy resume database searches
The Sovren Pinpoint Searching Engine, based upon the same technology as the Sovren Semantic Matching Engine, is designed to construct and match search profiles to candidate profiles. The semantic precision of the Sovren Pinpoint Searching Engine typically results in a 90+% reduction in the number of false positive matches which represent the main productivity drain caused by keyword search technologies.
The Sovren Pinpoint Searching Engine is able to eliminate almost all of the “noise” (or bad matches), while its’ extremely detailed matching of profiles finds better-matched candidates, far faster.
Thus, the Sovren Pinpoint Searching Engine finds better matches and far fewer false matches. The reduction in true human recruiter time-to-find can reach a factor of 100 to one by using the Sovren Pinpoint Searching Engine.
A side benefit of the Sovren Pinpoint Searching Engine is that by eliminating most false matches, and thereby significantly reducing the resulting match set size, OFCCP compliance requirements (USA) can be met with far fewer resources. The Sovren Pinpoint Searching Engine eliminates the need for reducing search result sets through randomization or other kluges.
Another benefit of the Sovren Pinpoint Searching Engine is that it eliminates the need for candidates to self-report their skill sets, and by eliminating this self-reporting, false matches are greatly reduced. Sovren research has shown that when candidates self-report their skill sets, these self-reported skill sets do not accurately reflect the actual experience profile in the resume. The reason for this disparity is that candidates are well aware what “hot skills” are most in demand. They therefore self-report experience and competency in these hot skill sets, but this self-reporting is based on candidate desire, not actual work experience and education. In other words, candidates have learned to game the system; job board resume database users are the losers in this scenario, because their searches repeatedly turn up large numbers of candidates whose keywords “match”, but whose actual experience does not.
The Sovren Pinpoint Searching Engine also eliminates the deleterious effects of the other main strategy that candidates use to “beat the search engines”: keyword stuffing. Candidates have learned that they can easily fool antiquated keyword search engines that use simplistic keyword matching and then rank candidates by “density of hits” (or similar band-aids on a bad search). By stuffing paragraphs of keywords into Skills or Keywords sections in their resumes, candidates can assure themselves a higher ranking in the search results. Unfortunately these rankings are the result of the candidates gaming the system, not the result of intelligent matching. It is recruiters who pay the price in lost time and annoyance as they sift through resume after resume of unqualified candidates who “matched”.