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16 March 2005

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Andrew Marritt

CV / résumé parsing software is notoriously unreliable and the Sovren document gives a few clues to why this is likely to be the case. I have to say that parsers do have an uphill struggle as the CV is a complex document and each country has its own standard or format.

There is a much more accurate solution currently available but it is little used except in a corporate environment. An organisation called HR-XML, supported by most significant organisations in the field, has published an XML schema for the CV. When we have accurate classification of CV information using a common XML language we get to a stage where everyone wins from the technology.

I wrote an article about this in early December: http://resourcingstrategies.blogspot.com/2004/12/hr-xml-and-why-it-is-ideal-format-for.html

Of course, this all presumes that the CV is the best document to make a candidate selection decision...

Neville Hobson

Interesting comments, Andrew.

According to the Sovren website, their resume parser is 'HR-XML Consortium Certified' and they say it's the only resume parser certified by that body as compliant with the Resume 2_1 schema.

Fine and dandy, I suppose. But re their CV guide, I think that's not a bad document that gives some guidance to the Average Joe on looking at your CV with a better awareness that computers are increasingly likely to see it before people do.

Even if you then just do your CV as a plain text file, that would be a help.

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