More and more, paper résumés are designed for visual appeal, the content sprayed with action verbs. This is designed to grab the employer's attention. The difference between an eRésumé and a more traditional paper résumé is that an eRésumé needs to grab the computer's attention first.
In order to convince a computer you're the right person for the job, your résumé must be scannable. Scanning is the process by which your paper résumé is transformed into electronic data and entered into an automated résumé tracking system.
Here are some guidelines for creating a scannable résumé:
Try to avoid:
By following these suggestions, your résumé should be 100% scannable. However, if you want to save on postage by uploading your résumé directly into a company's computer, your résumé should be made searchable.
Key Word Résumés
After you've uploaded your résumé text directly into a company's computer, the text is entered into a résumé tracking system or database that usually searches résumés by using key words. Once again, you have to get the computer's attention. The trick to a computer-friendly résumé lies in the language you choose.
Key words consist of nouns and phrases. Here are some hints on what to include:
When a job becomes available, the employer enters key words relating to the position and the type of candidate required. Only those résumés matching the job profile will be pulled from the database for consideration. Keep in mind a key word résumé can also be a scannable résumé, but a scannable résumé is not necessarily a key word résumé.
The two most common methods of uploading résumés are electronic forms (E-forms) and Email. E-forms are found on a company's website. The sender is required to input text into specific fields, and then to click on a button to submit the information. The most updated browsers support these applications. Email is the more direct method. Your résumé may be sent as a message or as an attachment.
You may dislike how simple procedures seem to be getting so technical. Take comfort in the fact that while your résumé may change, the goal remains the same; to get you an interview. After that, it's up to old-fashioned charisma to land you the job.