Joann Hanson. Resume. September 12th , 2017.
Reasons for Misconceptions
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).
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.
A lot of the initial resume review process may be done using software tools as discussed above. This software typically scans a resume for specific sections of information, such as profile or summary, work experience, education, training, etc. If the software can't identify where information is in your resume, it is likely that the information you worked so hard to put in your resume will just be skipped over. Rarely will you get a second chance from an in-person reviewer. So keep your resume format simple to avoid having any issues with software tools used by potential employers.
As a professional resume writer with over 12 years of experience, I have just about seen it all with regards to the style and type of resumes that most people try to develop on their own. And just because someone has hired a resume writer it doesn't mean their work is all alike or of the same quality. People generally seek out a resume writer when they are not getting the results or outcomes they hoped to receive. Someone who truly wants to help their customers won't take an existing resume and simply re-type or re-format it. That may be helpful for someone who only wants to have their resume updated but most people need more help than that - as a truly effective resume won't be needed for long because a good resume gets noticed right away. And even though I have potential clients who are in need of a new resume, and they are willing to consider hiring a resume writer, there are still many misconceptions that must be addressed before they become willing to take the next step.
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