What is Resume Scanning?
Resume scanning is a process where employers convert hardcopy resumes into electronic resumes. Basically instead of a human reading the resume, the resume is first input into the company’s computer database via a scanner. Scanning has some inherent problems due to the non-human element and is therefore not used extensively. If done at all, it is mainly done at Fortune 100 and possibly Fortune 500 companies. Wondering if the job you are applying to scans resumes? Call the Human Resources department and ask. As the job of HR is to find candidates, they will be welcome to the question and outline the process that their company employs for resume screening. To insure your resume makes the cut, review our blog post on beating resume scanners.
For additional help, visit our resume writing tips section to insure your resume is best positioned if scanned into an electronic database. Note that most databases are looking for keywords in your resume, if you do not include them, your resume will most likely be disregarded. We have a list of resume power verbs on the site. If you’re still in the process of writing a resume, visit our resume examples section for sample format and layout options. Still need help, consider using a resume builder or professional resume service.