A recent report from the Harvard Business School warns that automated resume screening is making things worse in the hiring ecosystem – not better. According to the report, 75% of U.S. employers use resume-scanning software that is rejecting viable candidates. While the reasons behind the mistaken rejections varies, many of the issues boil down to over-simplified criteria that assesses applicants. So whether you’re asking for more skills than your candidates actually need to do the job that’s in the position description or you’re auto-rejecting candidates with employment gaps, you could be losing qualified talent. While technology can make life easier, sometimes it can also automatically cut you out from an opportunity.

Layoffs Impacting the Cleared Industry

General Motors General Motors joins the list of automotive companies affected by an ongoing microchip shortage. Production in a New York plant grinds to a halt as GM sends 350-400 workers home, placing many skilled trade workers on the market for manufacturing work. The cutback has a ripple effect across its North American plants, and the automotive company isn’t the only one impacted.

“These most recent scheduling adjustments are being driven by the continued parts shortages caused by semiconductor supply constraints from international markets experiencing Covid 19-related restrictions,” GM said in a statement.

Hiring impacting the Cleared Industry

Lockheed Martin In New York and Pennsylvania, Lockheed Martin has open positions. Lockheed Martin’s demand for talent in Pennsylvania is centered on manufacturing additional parts for the F-16.

“Johnstown’s selection for this new work reflects the highly skilled workforce in the area, a record of quality production and the space available to expand,” said Wayne Davis, director at Lockheed Martin’s Johnstown site. “We are proud to grow our presence in Johnstown and to contribute to the acceleration of jobs.”

And up in New York, Lockheed Martin is in the market for more than 100 experienced professionals, with openings for systems engineers, software engineers, and candidates able to support the development and production of radar technology for the U.S. military. Lockheed Martin is also interested in candidates with mechanical engineering and game design to join them in their facilities located across Syracus, as well as Oswego and Niagara Falls.

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Opportunity to Watch

And when it comes to Project Maven, the DoD’s cloud and AI program that uses drone capabilities to drive intel, Google’s departure left the door open for two other organizations. According to reports from Tech Inquiry and Forbes, both Microsoft and Amazon have won contracts totaling $50 million to continue the work that Google employees fought against beginning in 2018. After the Project Maven word on the street got out to Google employees, the internal backlash led to a quiet shelving of the project. While Google still has contracts within the DoD, it’s clear that they have made some switches in the work that they do. Both Microsoft and Amazon have made their mission to support the DoD clear, with Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer Brad Smith saying, “We believe in the strong defense of the United States and we want the people who defend it to have access to the nation’s best technology, including from Microsoft.” And after the JEDI contract died, both Microsoft and Amazon are competing for the new Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability, (JWCC).


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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.