|Choosing a Career/Major|
|Dos and Don'ts|
|Writing Action Verb Statements|
|Writing Job Objectives|
|Preparing a Scannable Resume|
|Tips for Career Changers & the ‘Experienced’|
|Cover Letter Information|
|Conducting a Job Search|
|Graduate School Resources|
|For Faculty and Staff|
Preparing a "Scannable Resume"
It's time to consider creating a "computer-friendly" resume. In some markets, technology is replacing humans in the initial applicant screening process. To handle the high volume of resumes, some organizations have started scanning incoming resumes into computerized selection systems.
In an electronic screening process, the computer ranks the resumes in the system based on the requirements of a particular job opening and recommends top candidates to the employer. So, how can you ensure that the computer selects your resume? You need to use words and descriptors the computer will recognize as being associated to the job for which you are applying: these are called keywords. If the computer pulls enough keywords from your resume during a search, you will be one of the applicants considered for an interview.
When writing a computer-friendly resume, your first step is to brainstorm as many keywords as possible that are related to both the position you want and your experiences. Once you have identified these words and phrases, you can incorporate them into your text under the appropriate headings. If you successfully integrate keywords into the body of your resume, then you will NOT NEED to create a separate resume for organizations that use scanning systems.
Tips for Maximizing "Computer Visibility"
In addition to ensuring computer visibility, you will need to make sure that your resume can be easily read, or scanned, by the computer. The layout of your resume is very important to its scannability. It will not matter how many keywords you use on your resume if the computer cannot identify them.
Tips for Maximizing "Scannability"