Formatting your Resume
The technology that facilitates resume parsing converts free-form resume contents into a structure that a computer will then analyze. Additional detail can be captured if the parsing software code confirms certain patterns in your resume. Therefore, including a lengthy list of skills is not as effective as inserting your skills in context, particularly if progressive parsing code are being employed on your resume.
Bear in mind to not overly-format a resume that you suspect will be parsed. Also, be aware that any data contained within images or graphics, as well as headers and footers may end up in your resume; choking the employer’s parsing system, and destroying a potential career opportunity.
- Keep your resume uncomplicated, devoid of any kind of images or graphics, do not format using tables, or use any text borders or extended underlining. Use of Bullets and bold text is more than sufficient to ‘dress up’ your resume debut. It is also best to place your contact information within the body of your resume, versus its usual position at the head of the page.
Whether you encounter a Parse Resume link, or email employers your resume, applying your knowledge of the resume parsing process helps you to stand out amongst your many competitors. The data that is parsed from resumes is used to separate unqualified candidates from qualified ones — thus, you would be wise to pay attention to the keywords you employ within your resume.
Strategic placement of job-related keywords will provide you with a foothold among employers who rely on resume parsing software. You are likely to land an interview if those strategic keywords are easily validated by your real world job experience.
Please see my next article on sourcing and selecting the correct KEYWORDS!
This article has been modified prior to posting on The Proactive Business Assistant site.