keyword optimization for resumes
April 6, 2007 7:43 AM Subscribe
What methods/software do HR departments use to scan resumes for keywords? What are ways to 1.) optimize your resume for this process, or 2.) game this system to increase your chances of surviving the first cull.
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj to Work & Money (4 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I felt ignorant when a friend told me about keyword scans for resumes recently. It was like "no way, you mean they..." all the way to "oh, yeah... of course they.." in about 8 crowded seconds in my brain.
So I thought, jesus... that's kind of diabolical. How many job offers did I lose last year because i tried to save my formatting by putting "MapInfo Prof." when they were looking for "MapInfo Professional" or something, y'know?
How do these scans work? What types of word-banks are they looking for? How to game the system?
I have no problem, ethically, with gaming it... I only send resumes out for jobs that I feel qualified for. I'd like to get it in front of a human, if at all possible.