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How Monster.com’s 6Sense Search Affects Jobseekers

peeking_monster.gifMonster.com’s 6Sense technology for recruiters, which officially launched Monday but which was used in the promotion to find Alicia Keys’ head blogger, is good news for jobseekers too. Maybe.

The semantic search technology is being touted by the company as an easier way for hiring managers to pull out the best applicants from a given pool: “Applicant Matching is designed to save recruiters even more time by automatically reviewing candidates applying to a job, finding top matches, highlighting key relevant skills based on the job matching criteria; while also providing side-by-side summary comparisons of the top matches” is how the company puts it in a press release.

But we wondered: how does this change jobseeking online? Back when Applicant Tracking Systems were rolled out for the first time, they changed the way people write their resumes. Suddenly keywords were deathly important. What will 6sense do?

We spoke with Monster VP of PR Matthew Henson about what this new tool means.

“What 6sense does is use technology to make sure it’s identifying the context of words,” Henson explained. “If someone was looking for someone who had attended Harvard, in the past, [search engines] could pull up people who lived on Harvard Street.” 6Sense supposedly won’t do that, which means…what?

Henson pointed to the Alicia Keys contest as an example of the tech at work. The job posting received 8500 applications, but out of the 75 resumes ultimately sent to Keys, only about a third of them came from applicants. The other 50 were candidates that 6Sense located in Monster’s resume database.

So theoretically, if hunting for resumes suddenly becomes a less painful proposition thanks to smarter search, people who have their resumes up-to-date in Monster will be more likely to be recruited for a given job. All that means is that you should keep your resume active and current on Monster, which Monster would have loved for you to do even before 6Sense.

What about a magic bullet to make sure you’re picked out of the millions of resumes in Monster’s database? Henson said: “You can’t alter your resume to game technology.”

But we’re betting that as semantic search becomes more widespread, someone will figure out a way.

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Alexis Tirado Is Alicia Keys’ New Head Blogger

After a long and public search, Alexis Tirado has been chosen to represent Alicia Keys on the singer’s website, IAAS.com.

Tirado was chosen out of 8,500 applicants as THE blogger for IAAS (I Am A Superwoman), which will be, according to the release announcing Tirado’s selection, a “full scale, editorial site and community.”

“People have told me that dream jobs don’t exist but today I can defy that statement,” Tirado, a New Jersey native and former online editor for Martha Stewart, said in a statement. “As Langston Hughes once wrote, ‘Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.’ When Alicia Keys launched her search with Monster.com for a head blogger, I read the job description and knew I had to apply for it! Blogging about inspiring people? Bringing positive news to Super Women everywhere? Initiating a powerful discussion? What’s not to love about this job?”

Proving that bloggers are rewarded for candor, Tirado was also the blogger who mentioned last month that she’d called in sick to her current job, partly due to the stress of applying to IAAS. Honesty will get you everywhere these days.

What Maybe Not To Do When You’re A Blogger-Finalist For Alicia Keys

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Alicia Keys and Monster.com have selected the final three candidates for head blogger at Keys’ IAAS.com (I Am A Superwoman).

The three finalists have been blogging at IAAS.com to showcase their voices and will be flying to London to cover Keys’ Black Ball. So you can go to the IAAS blog site and read what the candidates are up to: they’re blogging on essay-style prompts (“Why do you feel you could inspire others?” “What does style mean to you?”) but also leaving little personal tidbits about their lives. Much like a “regular” blogger should do.

Although if you’re competing in a high-profile contest with two others who are ultra-good (the contest attracted 8,500 applicants, so the final three have to be really good), you might not want to post about how you called out sick from your current job because you were so stressed out about applying for this new gig. Maybe just not wise. We dunno.

Alicia Keys Wants You…To Blog

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Alicia Keys‘s voice has reached millions, but she needs your help to blast it into the blogosphere! If you have what it takes, you could be the Head Blogger for the new site www.IAAS.com. The goal of IAAS.com (I Am A Super Woman) is to create an online community connecting, inspiring, and broadcasting important topics related to women. You will be the main voice of the website aiming to motivate and encourage women all over the globe! This is an opportunity to turn your creative writing, blogging, and social media skills into a promising career within the Arts & Entertainment industry.

Alicia Keys is working with Monster.com to find her new blogger. It’s a real job, sounds like, but the selection process is one of those half-application, half-contest things that have become so popular.

Because Monster.com is a partner in this, you have to apply through Monster—the board will be showing off its new 6Sense semantic search technology by combing through all resumes automatically/robotically.

The finalists will be flown to New York, where part of the job application process includes being interviewed for a morning TV show, and then the top three finalists will be flown to London to blog about the Black Ball. The person who does the best job there will finally be offered the job on national TV at the end of June.

That’s three months away. We aren’t sure who can really afford to put all their eggs in one basket for three months, but whoever that person turns out to be will probably be set for life after getting the gig.