If you’ve heard of resume parsing, it’s the process that takes place when a computer evaluates your resume, extracts contextual language data, and saves it in an XML file that can more easily allow it to classify and parse your data. A parsed resume is a resume optimized for this purpose, and it’s entirely possible you may need one. While your usual Word-based resume might be easy for you or other people to read, because of formatting and contextual interpretation computers may actually have trouble with it. Computers don’t "read" the way we do, and so they can only follow the instructions we give them to try to understand the data in your resume based on a set of conditions. Because the conditions the computer uses can’t account for every eventuality, sometimes it will interpret your data incorrectly. This can hurt your chances at a job if the parser is feeding bad information into an applicant tracking system for employers to review. If you create a parser-optimized resume, you’re using standard formats
and language to improve the chances it will read your resume correctly.