Many companies and recruiting firms increasingly rely on resume reading programs to sort through large volumes of applications and match jobseekers with job opportunities.
Creating a resume that stands out above the rest sounds like a novel idea, but it can also hinder your job search in these situations. While there are many different ways to write a resume, we want to make sure your resume is well-suited to be read accurately by a computer. Below are some helpful tips on creating a scannable resume.
Most companies and recruiting firms require applications and resumes to be submitted online. Sometimes, these resumes are submitted to a resume parser. A resume parser is a computer program that uses optical character recognition (OCR) to read and translate a resume into a company’s database to match a candidate with a job position.
Once a resume is scanned in, the computer pulls elements from the resume such as name, contact information, work experience, and education. This information is filtered into the appropriate categories in the database. Companies and firms can then go into their database and search for specific credentials to match a candidate with an open position.
As an example, let’s say you’re applying for a job that requires a Masters of Fine Art, a degree that you have. You’re excited about the job and can’t wait to put your skills to work. You submit your resume online, but the resume wasn’t formatted correctly. The computer scans your resume for your education, but the information is not in the place the computer thinks it should be on your resume. The computer, not seeing your Masters of Fine Arts, does not identify you as a match for the position. Not only will you not get an interview, you’ll be left wondering why you continually do not hear back from potential employers.
According to Riminder and DaXtra Technologies, resume parsers are not perfect with even the best of them boasting 87% accuracy (and human accuracy clocking in at a max of 96%). Keeping all of this in mind, we want to make sure your resume has the best chance to match with appropriate job openings.
A scannable resume is more likely to be accurately read by the computer. This can increase your chances of hearing back from a potential employer as a good match.
Additionally, your resume will then be on file with the company, allowing them to contact you if your skills match up with a future job opportunity.
Here are a few things to keep in mind to make your resume more scanner-friendly:
DID YOU KNOW Workforce WindsorEssex uses a resume parser to help match job candidates with open positions across the region? You can submit your scannable resume to Workforce WindsorEssex’s WEskills Database.
The WEskills Database is a growing collection of resumes from individuals who are unemployed or underemployed. It provides a regional skills profile of the available workforce in Windsor-Essex.
If your resume is identified as a match with a job posting, Workforce WindsorEssex will contact your Service Provider to inform them of the possible job opportunity. Your Service Provider will then contact you.
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