The great thing about being a data scientist at Bright is that we have more employment data than just about anyone (nearing 100 million job descriptions and 10′s of millions of resumes). Our primary mission is to use that data to help people find jobs.
One of the trends we observe is that job seekers sometimes have resumes that are mismatched with the skills demanded in the current labor market. Some labor economists call this the “skills gap” and claim that today’s job seekers are not able to fill the jobs that are available. The truth is often more mundane—workers often have the required skills but do not put them in their resumes. Computerized resume-screening tools are dumb when it comes to inferring skills and qualifications. Peter Cappelli argues that the latter (along with employers being too specific) is a large part of the large perceived skills gap.
This is the first in a series of posts where we examine job description vs. resume skills inventories for common professions. We’ll start with the 5th most commonly searched job title: Warehouse Worker. When we calculate (using the Bright Score) how well a job candidate fits an open position, the required and desired skills listed for the position are very important. Unlike other technologies, we attempt to infer skills that are not specifically listed in the resume, as well as skills not specifically enumerated in the job description. We do this through large scale meta-analyses of job and employment data, and we have built a detailed taxonomy of the relationships between factors including occupations, industries, skills, job titles, education, certifications, and licenses.
Rather than letting us infer these skills, candidates should tailor their resumes to emphasize the skills most demanded in the marketplace. We define two types of skills, under-supplied and over-valued. Under-supplied skills are those for which there is greater employer demand (in job descriptions) than there is employee supply (in resumes). Over-valued skills are those skills that appear in resumes more frequently than warranted by employer demand. Sometimes the over-valued skills are assumed by employers as skill-of-the-craft and do not need to be specifically listed by job seekers. Other times they represent skills that are no longer in demand.
These analyses need to be done for specific occupational roles—one occupation’s over-valued skills could be another’s must-haves. For currently advertised warehouse worker jobs, the following table lists the top 5 most under-supplied skills—if you have these skills on your resume you will stick out in the job market. We also lists the top 5 skills most over-valued by warehouse worker job seekers.
|Rank||Under-Supplied Skills||Over-Valued Skills|
We see that the most under-supplied skills currently are materials and safety. If you are looking to be warehouse worker and have studied Material Safety Data Sheets, put that on your resume. Many of the over-valued skills are more suited to other kinds of jobs that warehouse workers may have taken during the Great Recession. Keep in mind that employers generally look most closely at the first job listed in your employment history—make sure you emphasize the most relevant skills for the position to which you are applying at the top of your resume.