Writing Handbook :
the technology has developed, employers (especially, but not exclusively in the
technical fields) are taking advantage of new methods to screen candidates. One
of these new methods is viewing electronic resumes on various Internet sites. To
increase your resume exposure, you may want to locate the resume site(s) most
likely to act as a magnet for employers seeking people with your qualifications.
Most of these provide a template, within which you enter your personal
information and qualifications. You are advised to give your e-mail address as
opposed to your home address or telephone number.
second method employers are using in increasing numbers is scanning all received
resumes into their human resource database and then running a search based on
"keywords" that are related to the position they are recruiting for.
Resumes are ranked automatically according to their content as 'read' by the
computer prior to offers for interviews. Scanners and optical character
recognition (OCR) software exist in a variety of qualities, and you must ensure
that the information you submit will be recognized easily by the computer. You
may wish to contact the Human Resources office and ask if they are scanning
resumes before you submit yours.
increase your chances for success in both of the above situations, following are
suggestions for formatting your resume:
not underline or italicize words. Boldface is usually safe to use.
a common typeface (eg. Courier) and font no smaller that '10.'
specific when describing experiences or skills. Use nouns whenever possible,
as opposed to a traditional resume which often emphasized verbs.
a 'Keywords' section early in the resume that is relevant to the position
and/or industry. This is a brief list of perhaps ten to fifteen terms which
you believe the employer would be screening by.
For example :
Programming, C++, Unix, AutoCAD, IBM, Macintosh, Lotus 1-2-3, software design,
MS Word, dBaseIII+, WordPerfect 6.0, Sales, Marketing, Teacher :
Another option is to not include a "Keywords" section, but to
ensure that such key items are mentioned in the text of the resume. Both methods
will work on a keyword scan.
acronyms as well as full versions.
your name first and your contact information on a separate line.
white space. If it is crowded, the characters may run together when going
through the scanner and OCR.
fold or staple your resume.
vivid colours for the paper. White or a light shade is best.
more detailed guidelines, Electronic Resume Revolution and Finding a
Job on the Internet are excellent sources, and are both available at Student