Maryann Cox. Resume. September 02nd , 2017.
Scannable resumes -- also a printed, hardcopy format -- are designed primarily for accurate scanning into a computer. Captured as an image, scannable resumes are fed through OCR (optical character recognition) software that reads and extracts the text. The extracted text is databased for storage and later recalled by keyword from an applicant tracking system. Scannable resumes are very rarely requested any more. If you are asked for a scannable resume, the most efficient option is to email the requestor your plain ASCII text resume (described next).
If you decide to contact a resume writer, take time to learn about their background, their approach to resume writing, and their general disposition towards helping their clients. A certificate from a resume institute or something similar does not automatically guarantee they are proficient with formatting and editing. And should a resume writer charge excessive fees and make promises about the results you can expect, also be cautious as the resume is only the first step needed when trying to secure a new job - and it is a very important starting point. If you don't gain an opportunity to speak to someone about your background then your prospects with that employer have been minimized. This underscores the importance of hiring a professional to develop your resume. You cannot afford to wing it on your own, so to speak, especially if the timing for a new job has become critical or you have found it difficult to gain the attention of recruiters and prospective employers. An investment in your resume becomes an investment in your career, one that may result in helping you find and acquire a new job. If you have any hesitation about sending out your current resume, now is the time to contact a professional.
Limit Yourself to One Page - In contrast to the last point, you may not want to limit yourself to a 1-page resume. A common misconception is that a professional resume HAS to be one page. However, that's not really the case these days. I while back, before the miracles of technology, I may have agreed. But now that most resumes are being read on a computer screen versus on paper, there's no need to limit yourself in such a way. Those who try to cram all their info on 1-page resume usually resort to smaller font and zero spacing. When viewed on screen, this is not an attractive format and it's hard to read. Now, I'm not saying you should write a 20-page catalogue of your experiences, nor am I advocating the use of size 20 font. Instead, I would say 12-14 size font should suffice and I recommend you keep it at two pages. That leaves plenty of room to say what needs to be said. Of course, if you have limited experience then a 1-page resume will do just fine.
Reasons for Misconceptions
Use Bullet Points - When it comes time to explain your experiences in your resume, use bullet points to outline your accomplishments. It is much easier to read and even easier to skim, which is what hiring managers are doing most of the time anyways. Bullet points draw attention to important information. They are also visually appealing and make the information seem more accessible to the reader. So keep them short and meaningful. Some people opt for a short paragraph explaining their duties and responsibilities, followed by bullet points highlighting their most notable achievements. This too is acceptable, just make sure to keep that paragraph very succinct and avoid any redundancies as well.
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