Aug 23, 2018 - 11:55 PM
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.