Include your address. Many programs will kick your resume to the curb without a postal address. Locations may even be included as keywords in the screening process. Just make sure you don’t only include it in the header or footer, which most algorithms ignore completely.

Do not place your contact information in the header of your resume, because filtering softwares can be set to ignore headers and footers so there is a risk this information will be deleted.

Choose a conservative font such as Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, or Calibri. Gillis says that serif fonts, such as Times Roman or Cambria may be rejected by screening software. Do not use any script fonts.

The smallest font size to use for the body of your resume should be 11 point. “Any smaller and you’re probably asking for trouble.”

Use bullets rather than paragraphs to de scribe your work. Not only are bulleted lists easier for human eyes to read, but they are also easier for screeners to navigate than long paragraphs describing work history and responsibilities.

No graphics or logos. Do not format using tables. No borders. A one-inch margin top and bottom is best. Do not use any lines that cross the entire page from margin to margin, because “some filters have been created that will reject a document for nothing more than having a single line run continuously across the page,”

Submit resumes in text format rather than PDFs or MS Word. Word causes all manner of parsing errors and PDFs have caused problems in the past with application tracking systems. It’s wiser to stick with text, which has no known parsing problems with screening software.

Spell out and abbreviate any certification or title in your resume, a la “Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)” or “Chief Information Officer (CIO).” This is a catch-all as you won’t know if the software is looking for CCNA or Cisco Certified Network Associate.

Don’t place dates before work experience on your resume. While this may look better, it confounds the robots. Instead, begin with the name of the employer. Move on to your professional title and the date range. Don’t forget to include all titles you held at your employer and the dates you held the titles.

Use keywords from the job description. The pair say keywords listed in a job description, for example “network engineer”, “project manager” or any specific hardware or software listed, are likely to be searched for by the software.

First, the software removes all formatting from the resume and scans for specific recognized keywords and key phrases.
Next, it sorts the content of your resume into individual categories:
Education
Contact Information
Skills
Work Experience

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