Human resource professionals in small, medium, and large organizations frequently utilize computer systems to increase efficiency in storing and accessing resume information. When using these systems, resumes are either obtained in electronic format through online submission or are received in hard-copy format and then optically scanned into the computer database. Employers then determine potential candidates by searching the database with key words that are relevant to the particular job opening.
To maximize potential employment opportunities, it is important to be prepared to submit an effective electronic resume. Develop your resume by using the following guidelines for format and content:
Nouns are more distinguishable to a computer than action verbs. Use phrases that describe activities or experiences. For example: Use "managed training and development" vs. "trained and developed" or use, "Assisted with salary survey" vs. "surveyed salaries of..." You may also want to consider a summary of accomplishments that focus on results not duties and responsibilities. Remember to keep the resume basic in format, style, and language.
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