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Old 08-03-2012, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Sunnyside
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Since resumes aren't even read by humans anymore, have any of you put in a list of keywords in a white font so they can be read by the resume scanners with any success?

I'm working on redoing my resume since I haven't gotten a call in a while with the hundreds of resumes I've sent in.
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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I haven't, but can't wait to hear if this has worked for others!
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:16 PM
 
Location: USA
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It's not a bad idea, but keep in mind that most companies require you to break up your resume and enter it into various forms and fields on their website. So, since it is all just simple test being entered into a form, there's really no way to "hide" keywords at the bottom. I suppose there's nothing preventing you from tossing in a pile of keywords... the worst they can do is ignore you, which is the default response anyway these days.

Good luck.
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Sunnyside
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not all companies do that though. there are just as many that say send your resume here with cover letter. I've always wondered how the resumes are scanned. like do they just give the scanner software the word document and say look for these words or what?

Someone in HR that knows should chime in to help us all out!
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:46 PM
 
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The real trick is getting those keywords into your resume itself. Have a balance of job-specific keywords and generic buzz words that will appeal to HR and/or the hiring manager.

Use job descriptions, other people's resumes, and trade news as sources.

/Hired.
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Old 08-04-2012, 06:56 AM
 
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Never even thought of this. Thanks for the idea.
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:07 AM
 
Location: NJ
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What happens when the resume is printed out on white paper?
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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I've never heard of this, ever ... Hmmmmmmmmm .......... let us know how it works out for you.
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Old 08-04-2012, 08:55 AM
 
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Just hope the HR manager isn't blind cause white on white still gets read out by screen readers and appears on braille displays. Like this for example.
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:01 AM
 
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not all companies do that though. there are just as many that say send your resume here with cover letter. I've always wondered how the resumes are scanned. like do they just give the scanner software the word document and say look for these words or what?

Someone in HR that knows should chime in to help us all out!
Theoretically, it's a "secret" for a reason.

If they told you the "secret", then their objective won't be achieved (which is having as few applications to sift through as possible). Besides that, the "talking heads" we deal with probably don't "rig" the systems, but their managers do (so even they probably don't know how the system eliminates applicants).

My point? Don't hold your breath for HR to chime in on this subject.

The only thing you will hear from a HR person is why you're such an evil individual.
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