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The fast pace of today's world is significantly affecting how resumes are reviewed. Many human resource departments use computers, optical scanners, and a variety of database programs to identify potential candidates without spending hours wading through resumes. In some cases, technology has even replaced human beings in the initial screening process. In other words, you can stop licking those stamps.

Yesterday's resumes were typeset, focused on job titles and experience, and highlighted job descriptions. Today's resume still has a professional appearance, but it now highlights results and achievements. In addition, hard copies are no longer an absolute requirement. Today, employers accept-and often prefer-to receive resumes in a variety of formats, including traditional print, electronic, and scannable. This article will focus on scannable resumes.

What is a scannable resume, and what must you do to ensure it arrives with its content intact? Most of the restrictions of a scannable resume involve resume formats. Therefore, it's important to consider the requirements of scanning equipment to ensure your resume can be entered into a recruitment database. If the scanner rejects your resume because of formatting, you may never be considered. Below are some tips that will help you make sure your resume is successful.

One final tip: Always check and make sure your resume was received by the intended company and that it's in an acceptable format. IBI

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