Create a "Scannable" Resume
Many companies now use software designed to search for keywords to match job
seekers' resumes to job descriptions in their organizations. here are some tips
to create a resume that will scan well.
- Use white, pale ivory or pale gray 8 ½ x 11 paper, printed on one side
- Do not use paper that is textured, flecked or pastel colors. The
contrast between the type and background must be clear.
- Use standard typefaces such as Arial, Times, Times Roman, and Helvetica.
Numbers and letters must not touch or run into each other. If this
information runs together, the scanner cannot read the character accurately.
- The scanner reads documents accurately that are crisp and have a high
contrast. Please use a laser printer and black ink. An inkjet printer is
- Use fonts 10-12 for text and 11-14 for headings.
- Do not use horizontal or vertical lines, graphics, columns, or
- Include both keywords and descriptive statements. The keywords are for the
computer and the descriptive statements are for the human reader.
- No more than 2 pages (this is for the human viewer), the computer can scan
- Use industry specific jargon and acronyms. It is okay to spell out
acronyms if you feel you need to clarify for the human reader.
- Use all capital letters and/or boldface for section headings. Do not
use the following:
- Reverse type