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Scan the Resume to Get Hired

We are all familiar with the process of looking for a job, contacting the business of interest, interviewing, and finally getting hired or starting the process over. Your resume is your ticket to visiting each prospective employer and will grant you an approval or rejection. The resume is an integral part of the process because it reflects heavily upon you; essentially it speaks volumes on your efficiency and performance.

There was a time when aspiring employees would mail, fax, or personally deliver their resume. Then, web sites were created that allowed those looking for a job to post their resume so employers could locate them. Today, organizations use document scanning technology to align applicants with job opportunities. The content is much like it always has been: a summary of qualifications and work experience. The resume is logged according to keywords and phrases that describe the applicant's skills and desired position.

Follow appropriate format and content tips provided below in orchestrating your scanned resume:

- Use white 8 X 11 paper
- Provide a laser-printed original
- Do not use dot-matrix or low-quality photocopies
- Do not fold or staple paper
- Use Times, Futura, or Optima fonts
- Do not use decorative fonts
- Use a font size ranging from 11-14 points
- Do not exceed 65 characters per line
- Use all caps for major headings (no bold, italics, or underlining)
- No bullets or lines
- Left justify the text
- No multiple columns

Content is to be comparable to a traditional resume with the exception of using more keywords or phrases that may be used by employers seeking out employees.

Have your resume include the following:

- Industry or job-specific keywords
- Note skills or certifications according to industry standards
- Add a 'key skills' or 'summary of accomplishments' section in order to augment the number of times keywords and phrases are used
- Think in terms of the employer. What words or phrases would they use in their search? Make sure to contain them in your resume.

If there are particular employers of interest, look at their literature or website and focus on what jargon they use or how they describe job openings and use the same terms in your resume.

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