If you're career searching, you know how crucial a well-prepared CV/résumé is. You've probably read various guides on how to prepare it, what format it should be, layout, use of typefaces, how many pages, etc.
One thing you've probably heard about, too, is what happens to your CV when you send it off with an application for a job. The rules have changed now, according to The Sovren Group, who make specialist software that intelligently reads CVs (what they call a 'résumé parser').
Your CV will be read by résumé-parsing software before it ever gets in front of a human being, especially if you apply for a position with a large company who frequently recruits, or if you go via a recruitment consultant or headhunter.
Traditional thinking about content and presentation will do you little good in the face of cold logic from a computer program. So you need to know how to prepare an electronically-readable CV.
It's not as complex as you might think, as long as you know how. And Sovren has put together a helpful and free 7-page guide that explains how to do it.
Download Tips for Electronic Resumes (requires Microsoft Word).
Once you have your electronically-readable CV ready, Sovren offers a pay-for service where you can test it on actual job board processing software and see exactly what it "sees" before you post it to the job boards, recruiters, etc. After you see the results, you can revise your CV and re-test it until it's just right.