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ERIC Number: EJ1258209
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-679X
Using an Electronic Resume Analyzer Portal (eRAP) to Improve College Graduates Employability
Green, Nathan; Liu, Michelle; Murphy, Diane
Information Systems Education Journal, v18 n3 p28-37 Jun 2020
Finding the first full-time, major-related job is a challenge faced by most college students, particularly those who have not gained much working experience before entering the job market. This challenge is amplified for the students majoring in Information Technology (IT), and cybersecurity in particular, due to the constantly changing technology landscape, intensively competitive markets, and increasingly high expectations from employers on their recruits. While the job demand is high in these fields, it is still difficult for recent college graduates to enter the field. This study shows the initial results of a tool called e-RAP which allows the students to submit their current resumes, obtain automatic feedback and a rating report, and consequently take actions to strengthen their portfolio. The authors employ machine learning and natural language processing (NLP) to create a resume analysis and reporting tool. The methodology section provides an overview of the e-RAP analysis process, followed by elaborations on data curation, data collection, and analysis techniques. Several visual examples of the reports generated by e-RAP illustrate the value of the tool in helping enhance students' resumes and eventually the skills areas they need to work on or highlight. A sample of more than 60 resumes were processed through e-RAP and the results were evaluated for potential resume improvements. The future direction includes systematic evaluation of the effectiveness of e-RAP and its impact on our student's ability to get high-quality positions. Diving deeper into the various types of cybersecurity positions is also planned.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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